The Mammogram Department at DeKalb Clinic is pleased to announce that we are performing mammos on new digital mammo equipment. Digitally enhanced breast images have outstanding clarity and contrast, leading to a quick diagnosis and better quality of care.
Schedule your mammogram appointment today at (815) 758-8671, ext. 3750.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women have a baseline screening mammogram by age 40, and additional screening mammograms every year thereafter. DeKalb Clinic offers mammography services which includes three GE Senographe DMR mammography machines and one 1 GE Stereotactic Biopsy unit. To make an appointment contact DeKalb Clinic's Diagnostic Imaging department at (815) 758-8671.
Be sure to follow the instructions provided to you on the day of your mammogram, including not wearing any under-arm deodorant that can interfere with the clarity and interpretation of your mammogram. If you previously had mammograms done at another facility, the Clinic will request that you bring or forward your prior mammogram films. Our board certified radiologists will compare your current examination to prior ones to better identify changes in breast status. Your ordering physician will contact you with the results of your mammogram.
Every woman should know that a thorough self-breast exam every month is a primary means of identifying any potential breast problem. Should you note a change in breast tissue density, any tenderness, redness or nipple discharge, please contact your DeKalb Clinic primary care physician.
During your annual wellness examination, your primary care physician will usually perform a breast examination and may order you a mammogram prior to or after your physical examination.
In some instances, your primary care physician or the interpreting radiologist may request a breast ultrasound. Scheduled through DeKalb Clinic's diagnostic imaging department at (815) 758-8671, ext. 3750, a breast ultrasound is a relatively quick and painless procedure that utilizes sound waves to determine the relative density of sections of breast tissue. Your ordering physician will contact you with the results of your breast ultrasound.
If an abnormality is identified through mammography and/or breast ultrasound, you may be referred by your primary care physician to one of DeKalb Clinic's general surgeons for a needle aspiration biopsy of your breast tissue. Performed in one of our ultrasound suites, the needle aspiration biopsy, is a definitive study to determine the presence of breast cancer. The biopsy samples will be forwarded to one of Kishwaukee Community Hospital's board certified pathologists for interpretation. You will be notified of the result by your DeKalb Clinic general surgeon with discussion of treatment options if necessary.