A better approach to your breast health

Whether you need a routine screening or tests for a breast condition, our breast imaging team provides services and care you can feel good about.

Starting at age 40, an annual mammogram is a simple way to take charge of your health and gain peace of mind. We make the process as convenient and comfortable as possible. You can schedule online without the need for a doctor’s order, and this preventive screening is covered by most insurance plans.

Screening mammogram recommendations

We support recommendations that women of average risk for breast cancer begin annual screening mammograms at age 40. Baylor Scott & White Health encourages you to discuss the benefits, risks, and limitations of mammograms with your doctor.

Our high-risk breast screening program provides tools to help you understand your risk and connect with care that fits your needs.

High-risk breast screening program

The high-risk breast screening program combines current knowledge about your breast health—screening mammogram, breast self-exam and more—with an in-depth look at your personal health history and that of your family. This information is matched to predictive risk models developed by the American Cancer Society, National Comprehensive Cancer Network and others. The goal is to help those who are identified as high risk to take an informed approach to their breast health.

Learn about our high-risk screening program

Mammogram myths and facts

  • Myth: I don’t need a mammogram.
    Fact: Mammograms are a smart move for every woman over 40, regardless of health status or family history.
  • Myth: It’s too much radiation exposure.
    Fact: A mammogram exposes you to about the same amount of radiation as taking a transatlantic flight. The risk is very small compared to the benefits.
  • Myth: It will be painful.
    Fact: Mammograms generally cause mild discomfort at most, and compression is used for a very short time.
  • I don't have time.
    Fact: You can easily schedule online, and you’ll usually be in and out in 30 minutes. That’s a half-hour well spent.

The Power of 2 challenge

Take control of your health by scheduling a mammogram. It's easier than ever. By getting your mammogram and challenging a friend, you double its impact. That's what we call The Power of 2.

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Breast conditions

Breast imaging tests provide you and your doctor with helpful information to better understand your overall breast health. Some common breast conditions that may need breast imaging include:

Breast imaging services

Our breast imaging centers in hospitals and facilities in North and Central Texas provide screening and diagnostic services along with consultation, education and treatment options for breast conditions. Many of our centers are designated by the American College of Radiology (ACR) as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence.

  • Breast ultrasound
  • 3D breast ultrasound
  • Cyst aspiration
  • Ductogram
  • Breast risk assessment
  • Image-guided breast biopsy
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Lesion localization
  • Mammography (screening and diagnostic)
  • 3D mammography (available at most locations)
  • Full-field digital mammography
  • Bone density screening (physician's order required, no online scheduling)

Risk factors for breast cancer

If you have any of the following risk factors, talk with your doctor about the right screenings for you. Your doctor can help you navigate your options and take steps to better protect your breast health.

Age: Your risk goes up the older you get.

Ethnicity: Hispanic and African American women may be at an increased risk.

Genetics: Heredity and gene defects play a role 5-10% of the time.

Family history: A first-degree relative doubles your risk, but 75% of women have no family history.

Weight: Overweight or obese women have a higher risk.

Dense breasts: The risk is 1.4x greater in women with dense tissue in their breasts.

Patient education resources

From common breast conditions to imaging tests, check out the resources available to help you learn more about your health.

Patient education videos

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  • Mammography overview
  • Diagnostic mammography
  • Ultrasound-guided biopsy
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy
  • Breast MRI

Frequently asked questions

  • Do I need a doctor's order for a mammogram?

    Routine screening mammograms do not require an order from a referring physician. However, if you are having new breast problems, have a recent history of breast cancer or need a follow-up to a previous mammogram, an order is required from your referring physician.

  • What are the benefits of mammography?

    Mammograms give you peace of mind about your breast health. They can save lives by detecting breast abnormalities without signs or symptoms in their earliest stages.

  • How old do I have to be to get a mammogram?

    The American College of Radiologists and Society of Breast Surgeons recommend women begin their annual screenings at age 40.

  • How do I prepare for my mammogram?

    On the day of your mammogram, please do not use any lotions, powders or deodorant in the underarm or breast area. Because you will have to undress from the waist up, we suggest you wear a comfortable two-piece outfit.

  • What do I need to bring with me to my appointment?

    You’ll need to bring your driver’s license and proof of insurance, if applicable. The Affordable Care Act dictates that routine screening mammograms be given without a co-pay or deductible. If this is not your first mammogram, also bring your previous images or have them sent to the facility prior to your appointment for comparison purposes. We can help you with this process if needed.

  • Are mammograms painful?

    Discomfort during a mammogram varies from patient to patient. Most women, however, only have mild discomfort, like a pressure or squeezing sensation. Your technologist will work with you to try to make your experience as comfortable as possible.

  • Is there a risk of radiation exposure with a mammogram?

    Mammograms do use a small amount of radiation, but special care is taken to make sure it’s the lowest amount possible. For most women, the benefits of mammography outweigh the potential risk of radiation exposure.

  • What is 3D mammography?

    3D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, produces 3D images of your breast tissue in 1 mm slices, allowing for greater visibility of breast tissue. It can be done in conjunction with the traditional 2D mammogram. State law now requires that 3D screenings be covered by insurance in most instances. Please confirm with your insurance company regarding these benefits.

  • Am I eligible for 3D mammography?

    All women who are eligible for traditional 2D mammograms are also eligible for 3D mammography. Additionally, research has shown that 3D mammography is particularly helpful for women with dense breasts. However, we recommend that you check with your insurance provider to ensure it is covered under your plan.

  • When will I get the results of my mammogram?

    In most cases, screening mammograms are read within a few hours of your exam. Your results will be provided by email. If an email address is not provided, a paper copy will be mailed to your home.

  • What if I am called back after my mammogram?

    Screenings are meant to detect abnormalities that might exist. When changes in the appearance of the breast tissue are detected, additional mammography images and/or ultrasound may be required. In most cases, this does not indicate breast cancer.