Mammography

INTEGRIS Health Edmond offers a full range of women’s health care services including mammography and bone density screening in a private, comfortable, spa like setting designed to put the patient at ease.

Mammogram

A mammogram is the initial imaging exam used to screen the general population of women for breast cancer. X-ray images show variations in breast tissue that can help a radiologist identify abnormal tissue. Screening mammography is recommended for all women every year beginning at age 40 and are for women who experience no breast problems or complaints. Although mammograms, like many medical exams, are not 100 percent accurate, they are the best imaging method available today for finding breast cancer at an early stage. Things to know about your screening mammogram:

  • Last screening mammogram date - insurance requires a full year between exams.
  • You will undress from waist up so wearing a two-piece outfit is preferable.
  • Do not wear deodorant, powder or lotions under arms or on chest area.
    Wipes are provided to remove these from your skin should you forget. Deodorant is provided to apply following exam.
  • Registration is located in the main lobby of the hospital. A staff member will assist you at check in and will escort you to the radiology waiting area. You will complete a form about your breast health history before being called to the mammography suite.
  • Your appointment will last about 30 minutes.
  • Your results will be ready within 24-48 hours after appointment.

If you have had previous mammograms performed at a location other than an INTEGRIS Breast Imaging Center, you may download a medical records release form from this website to request previous films be sent to our radiologists.

Contact us today at 855-MY MAMMO (855-696-2666) to schedule your mammogram or bone density screening appointment or schedule online at integrisok.com/edmondmammo.

Osteoporosis is a disease that gradually weakens bones, causing them to become brittle and prone to break easily. In fact, daily activities or occurrences such as a slight fall or standing up from a seated position, even coughing, can cause a broken bone. However, it’s never too late or too early to do something about osteoporosis. You can take steps to manage your bone health throughout life.

Although it can occur at any age, osteoporosis is considered a disease of aging. Your genetic makeup is the major factor determining your bone health, although medications and other medical conditions can contribute to bone loss. Women are more prone to develop osteoporosis; however, men are not excluded from this condition.

Bone densitometry testing is a non-surgical method used to assess fracture risk and to estimate bone strength. A bone density test, called DEXA or dual-energy X-ray absorption, measures bone mass to determine whether you have osteopenia or osteoporosis and are at risk for a fracture. Other bone density tests are available but are less accurate. Consider the following when making your decision.

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends routine bone mineral testing if you are 65 or older. Additionally, the task force recommends that routine screening begin at 60 years of age if you are at increased risk for broken bones (fractures) caused by osteoporosis.

Bone density testing is appropriate if you are at risk of osteoporosis and are willing to make lifestyle changes and seek treatment for osteoporosis.

The problem with detecting osteoporosis is there are no signs or symptoms until after a fracture has occurred. Most commonly, the bones of the lower back, hip and forearm are broken. Height loss, stooped posture, shortness of breath and pain are all possible indicators of these types of fractures.

With dedicated bone densitometry machines, we can now identify individuals who are at risk before fractures occur. Treatment programs can be implemented to protect bones from damage or injury.

Studies show people who have suffered fractures due to osteoporosis are more likely to have another fracture, and complications can be fatal. Estimates show women have a 40 percent chance of fracture from osteoporosis after age 50, and 20 percent of women with hip fractures will die within a year. This risk is equal to the combined risk of developing breast, uterine and ovarian cancers.

Things to know before you come for your procedure:

  • Avoid taking any calcium the day of your exam, as false or inaccurate results may occur.
  • Do not take calcium supplements or vitamins containing calcium until your test is complete.
  • Wear comfortable clothing preferably without snaps, buttons or zippers at the waist.
  • Please note, some other radiology exams can interfere with your bone density test. Any exams that involve barium or IV contrast (dye) should be scheduled after your bone density test or at least one week prior.
  • You will relax on a padded table, a technologist will position you accordingly and the machine will move over you while it scans.
  • Typically, your technologist will scan your hip and lower back. If these areas are not appropriate due to previous surgery or fracture, another body part will be scanned.
  • Plan 30 minutes for your appointment; your actual scan will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Very little radiation is needed to calculate the density of your bones; in most cases it is less than a chest X-ray.
  • Your results will be sent to your physician within 24 to 48 hours.
  • There IS a difference between a bone density scan and a bone scan
    A bone scan is a test in the Nuclear Medicine department in which radioactive material is injected into your veins. No needles are used in bone density tests.
  • Bone density is not a diagnostic test for bone abnormalities. If you have concerns about a specific bone due to injury, trauma or pain, an X-ray of that area may be necessary. Speak with your physician about problems you may  experience.

The International Society for Clinical Densitometry currently recommends that a bone density test be done for: 

  • All women age 65 and older
  • All men age 70 and older
  • Anyone with a fragility fracture
  • Anyone with a disease, condition or medication associated with osteoporosis
  • Anyone who is considering therapy for osteoporosis, if bone density testing would facilitate the decision
  • Women who have been on hormone replacement therapy for prolonged periods
  • Anyone being treated for osteoporosis, to monitor the effects of therapy.

Contact us today at 855-MY MAMMO (855-696-2666) to schedule your mammogram or bone density screening appointment or schedule online at integrisok.com/edmondmammo.



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