Mammography is a diagnostic procedure used to detect tumors and cysts in the breast that may be too small for a woman to detect through self-examination.
No method of detecting breast cancer is certain, but data shows that most cancers are detected earlier when patients undergo an annual mammogram after age 40.
Hours and Location
Digital mammograms are provided at the Imaging Center in the Utica Business Park and at MVHS Medical Arts at 4401 Middle Settlement Road in New Hartford. To make an appointment, please call Central Scheduling at 315-624-4600. If you have questions, you can reach the office at The Imaging Center at 315-624-5510 or the Medical Imaging office at MVHS Medical Arts, at 315-738-4952. Both locations are open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
More Information About Our Digital Mammography Services
At MVHS, we use the most advanced digital mammography, which pairs computer technology with traditional X-ray mammography methods. Digital mammography provides more accurate images, reduces radiation exposure and results in fewer false positives than traditional X-ray mammography. Digital mammography has been shown to be especially effective in detecting abnormalities in young women and those with dense breast tissue.
Patients with no symptoms will receive a screening mammography procedure. Those with breast lumps or other concerns will have a diagnostic mammogram, which may include specialized views and, at times, an ultrasound of the breast. Because images are processed digitally, they can be viewed, optimized and stored on a computer for easy access by your physician or hospital staff at any time.
When you have a mammogram, you'll be asked to change into a patient gown from the waist up. During the exam the breast is compressed for a short period with a small amount of pressure. Most women report the procedure is relatively painless with only a small amount of discomfort from the compression. While a typical digital mammogram takes only about 15 minutes, please plan to be at your appointment for an hour in order to complete paperwork and consultations.
Designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR), the MVHS Imaging Center, located in the Utica Business Park, is the only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in the Mohawk Valley. MVHS has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
There is strength in numbers and at the MVHS Cancer Center, a team approach is taken to care for patients. MVHS offers comprehensive breast care services including digital mammography, 3D mammography, minimally invasive stereotactic breast biopsies, surgery, medical and radiation oncology services and support through our Nurse Navigator program. We are proud to be the only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence in the Mohawk Valley and one of a few in the upstate region.
By awarding facilities the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, the ACR recognizes breast imaging centers that have earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy). Peer-review evaluations, conducted in each breast imaging modality by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that FSLH has achieved high practice standards in image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.
For information about the Breast Care Program at The Regional Cancer Center please call (315) 624-5764 or ask your doctor for a referral.
For information about our Breast Care Center please call 315-624-5764 or ask your doctor for a referral.