Breast cancer is most treatable when it’s detected early. And mammograms are an important tool that help our experts find breast cancer early.

At Baptist Health, we offer mammograms at over 20 sites across South Florida using a trusted team of technologists with decades of experience. Our specially trained breast imaging experts use the latest technology to evaluate mammograms for the smallest and earliest signs of cancer.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a special type of X-ray used to identify signs of cancer in the breast tissue. Mammograms can detect breast cancer in the earliest stages — before any noticeable physical symptoms.

Most mammograms today use 3D technology, which detect cancer better than standard 2D mammograms according to studies. 3D mammograms, also called tomosynthesis, offer doctors clearer and more detailed images of your breast tissue.

What to expect during a mammogram

During a mammogram, technologists gently compress your breasts between two plates. This flattens your breast tissue for better images.

The technologist will have you hold your breath briefly while the imaging machine takes photos of your breast. The entire imaging process typically takes less than 10 minutes.

Types of mammograms

We offer two types of mammograms. Both use 3D technology. Your doctor will tell you which type is best for you.

  • A screening mammogram is a routine X-ray used to check for breast cancer. Screening mammograms are recommended yearly for most women, starting at age 40. Screening mammograms should only be used to check for cancer in people with no signs or symptoms of breast cancer.

  • Diagnostic mammograms are recommended for women or men who have breast cancer symptoms, such as a lump in or near the breast. A diagnostic mammogram works just like a screening mammogram. However, your technologist may take extra images from different angles during a diagnostic mammogram.

    After a diagnostic mammogram, you will be asked to wait on-site while a board-certified radiologist reviews your images. If your mammogram results are abnormal (not normal), you may need to schedule a breast ultrasound. A breast ultrasound is used to evaluate unusual lumps or cysts.

What to expect after a mammogram

Your experience after a mammogram will differ based on the type of mammogram you have.

  • After a screening mammogram, you can dress and return to work or home. You will get your results by mail. Your care team will add your mammogram results and images to your record on The Baptist Health PineApp.

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    For normal screening mammogram results, you can follow your doctor’s recommendations for future screenings.

    For abnormal screening mammogram results, a member of our team will contact you to schedule follow-up testing.

  • After a diagnostic mammogram, you can dress and wait in our center for one of our board-certified radiologists to review your images. If your diagnostic mammogram is normal, you can follow your doctor’s recommendations for future screenings.

    If your diagnostic mammogram results are abnormal, our team will talk with you about adding more same-day testing. This could include a breast ultrasound or biopsy.

    If your mammogram and follow-up testing show signs of cancer, our team will connect you to a physician with Baptist Health Miami Cancer Institute or Eugene M. & Christine E. Lynn Cancer Institute.

If you don't have a mammogram prescription, let us help you find a primary care provider.

Schedule a same-day, next-day or virtual visit with a Baptist Health provider and begin your prevention journey by getting your mammogram.

Schedule your mammogram today.

“A mammogram is your first line of defense. I needed to be proactive and preventive, over being reactive.”
-Carla Walker | Breast Cancer Survivor
“I’ve been consistent about getting my yearly mammograms since I turned 40. If you don’t go, then you won’t know.”
-Wonda Jenkins | Breast Cancer Survivor
“I am a breast health technician and a breast cancer survivor. I say this with great strength and a lot of pride. Thanks to that mammogram, I am here to tell my story.”
-Noga Nietzen | Breast Cancer Survivor

Common mammogram questions

  • Yearly screening mammograms are recommended for women, beginning at age 40. Your doctor may recommend earlier screening if you have a higher risk of developing cancer because of:

    • Genetics
    • Family history
    • A previous cancer diagnosis

    No matter your age, you should talk with your doctor if you have breast concerns.

  • Call 786-573-6000  to request a mammogram. You may also request an appointment on the Baptist Health PineApp.

  • Yes, you need a prescription for a mammogram. If you don’t have a doctor who can give you a mammogram prescription, we can connect you with one.

    Call 786-596-2464
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  • Mammograms are safe and effective for breast cancer screening. This imaging test uses a very low dose of radiation. Experts agree that the benefits of detecting cancer during a routine mammogram outweigh the risks that come with exposure to low-level radiation. Talk with your doctor if you have any concerns about getting a mammogram.

  • Mammograms may cause some discomfort. Any discomfort you feel should be temporary. You can take over-the-counter pain relievers, like Tylenol, before or after your mammogram.

  • Schedule wisely. For women, the best time for a mammogram is one week after your period. Breasts are less tender, which reduces discomfort during the procedure.

    Be comfortable. It may be easier to wear a skirt or pants. Then you’ll only need to remove your top and bra for the mammogram.

    Skip deodorant. Deodorants, powders, lotions or creams can affect the quality of your mammogram images. Avoid using these products on the day of your mammogram.

    Share information. Be sure to tell your mammogram technologist about any concerning breast symptoms, past surgeries or family history of cancer before your mammogram.

  • Yes, you can drink or eat before a mammogram.

  • A screening mammogram can be done quickly. The imaging process takes less than 10 minutes. You’ll usually be in and out of our center within 30 minutes.

    A diagnostic mammogram takes a bit more time. You should expect your appointment to take about 1.5 hours. This time includes check-in, your mammogram and the time it takes for our board-certified radiologist to view your images.

  • If your screening mammogram shows results that aren’t normal, our team will contact you to schedule additional diagnostic imaging.

    You will receive a same-day ultrasound if your diagnostic mammogram shows abnormal results. Our team will discuss the results with you and be there for you with any next steps you need to take.

  • Breast cancer in men is rare. However, some men are at an increased risk for breast cancer due to family history or certain genetic mutations.

    If you’re a man at higher risk for breast cancer, your doctor may recommend routine screening mammograms. Your doctor may also recommend a mammogram if you notice breast cancer symptoms.

    Schedule your mammogram today. Call 786-573-6000

We have diagnostic imaging locations from Palm Beach to Monroe County.

Baptist Health is here to support you through every stage of your breast health journey, beginning with getting your mammogram at any of our diagnostic imaging locations. Online appointment scheduling is available for screening mammograms with a prescription. Select a convenient location on the map to schedule.

Schedule your mammogram today.

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