Woman getting a mammogramA mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast. It is a very useful tool in detecting signs of breast disease at an early stage. The actual mammogram procedure usually takes under 10 minutes to perform. Mercy now offers women access to 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis.

There are two types of mammograms:

Screening Mammogram

The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 or over should get a screening mammogram every year.

A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast in a woman who has no symptoms of breast disease. Typically, two X-ray pictures are taken of each breast from different angles.

A screening mammogram is used to detect any lump or abnormalities that may be too small for the woman or her physician to feel. The earlier a lump can be found, the greater the chances of successful treatment.

Diagnostic Mammogram

A diagnostic mammogram is used to diagnose breast disease in a woman who has symptoms of breast disease or who has had an abnormal result on a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram may involve taking more than two X-ray pictures of each breast in order to gain a higher image resolution.

This is often requested by the radiologist if images from the screening mammogram are not clear or if there is a suspicion of an abnormality on the screening mammogram. Diagnostic mammograms only image the area(s) of concern, not the entire breast.

Schedule a Mammogram

Mammograms, including digital mammography services, are available at Mercy Fitzgerald, Mercy Philadelphia and Nazareth Hospital.

To schedule a mammogram at any of our hospitals, contact one of the locations directly from the contact list on the left.

Walk-In Screening Mammograms Now Available

Mercy Fitzgerald and Mercy Philadelphia are proud to offer Walk-In Screening Mammograms. Just bring your signed physician prescription, insurance card and photo ID.

Women with a history of breast cancer, breast surgery and breast implants are not eligible for the walk-in screening mammogram. Women preferring to schedule an appointment at Mercy Fitzgerald or Mercy Philadelphia may do so by calling 610.237.2525.