Make regular mammograms part of your lifelong breast care routine. Trust Essentia Health for high-quality mammography provided by compassionate experts who help make the experience as comfortable as possible.

What’s a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray picture of your breast.

Routine screening mammograms can help your provider detect breast cancer before you have symptoms. Diagnostic mammograms help identify cancer after you or your provider notice warning signs, such as a breast lump.

3-D Mammograms

In some Essentia locations, you may have the option for a 3-D mammogram, also called tomosynthesis. This advanced imaging test takes many pictures from several angles. A computer then produces a 3-D image that can be sliced and scrolled through, like pages in a book. That means the radiologist can examine your breast tissue layer by layer.

A 3-D mammogram takes just a few seconds longer than a traditional 2-D mammogram. It may help your doctor more accurately detect invasive breast cancers. Ask your provider if you’d benefit from a 3-D mammogram.

Do I Need a Mammogram?

When breast cancer is caught early, it’s easier to treat. That’s why Essentia Health recommends women with an average risk of developing breast cancer get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. You and your doctor may decide that you need mammograms less often after you turn 75.

In Minnesota, the following locations participate in the Sage Screening Program, which offers free mammograms to women who meet eligibility requirements:

  • Essentia Health St. Joseph’s-Baxter Clinic
  • Essentia Health-St. Joseph's Medical Center (Brainerd)

If you’re at high risk of developing breast cancer, work with your provider to determine the best screening plan for you.

Your Mammogram: What To Expect

When it’s time for your mammogram, let our team help put you at ease. We will explain the imaging process each step of the way, answer your questions, and help you feel as relaxed as possible.

Your mammogram will be read by a radiologist. If it shows an area of concern, further diagnostic tests, such as additional imaging or a biopsy may be recommended.

Breast Cancer Care

If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, depend on the expert team at Essentia Health for comprehensive cancer care.

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