Mammography

Mammography Available at these locations:

Diagnostic Center

1st Floor, Western Maryland Regional Medical Center
12500 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, Maryland

Outpatient Diagnostic Center

1st Floor, WAC (WMHS Administrative Center)
12400 Willowbrook Road
Cumberland, Maryland

For Appointments, call WMHS Centralized

Scheduling at 240-964-8888.

Toll-free number is 1-866-369-1122.

(Monday-Thursday 7am-5:30pm and Friday 7am-5pm)

 

Accreditation
We are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for all breast health services.

Our technologists are board certified in mammography and licensed to practice in Maryland. In addition to their competency in technical skills, our technologists are sensitive to the apprehension most women feel when scheduled for a mammogram. Our staff does its best always to ensure your comfort and privacy.

Appointments
In order to best accommodate our patients, appointments are required. However, same day appointments are available for urgent cases.

Education
We can be a helpful resource if you want to learn more about breast health. Educational videos and literature are available, and we can provide a guest speaker when requested for community groups.

No-Cost Mammograms
Free mammograms are provided to women in the community who meet eligibility guidelines. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the WMHS Wellness Center at 240-964-8418.

Other Diagnostic Services
Follow-up services are also available. If a problem is suspected, further diagnosis through breast needle localization, stereotactic core biopsy, fine needle aspiration, and ultrasound guided biopsy can be performed.

Preparing For Your Mammogram
Do not use deodorant, powders, ointment or perfume on your breasts or underarms before your mammogram. These substances may interfere with the accuracy of the film image.
Whenever possible, please bring your previous mammogram films with you if performed at a health care facility other than Western Maryland Health System.
Dress comfortably in a two-piece outfit such as slacks or skirt and blouse. You will be asked to undress from the waist up.
A Gentler, Softer Mammogram
WMHS takes pride in offering every woman a MammoPad–a soft, foam pad that creates a cushion between you and the mammography machine. Thanks to MammoPad, you can relax, knowing that your mammogram will be warm and comfortable.

Developed by a female breast surgeon, the MammoPad is a single-use pad that is FDA-cleared and does not impair image quality.

Results Reporting
A detailed, typed report of your mammography examination will be forwarded to your physician. A summary of your mammogram findings will be sent to you. However, if a problem is suspected, your physician will be called immediately.

If you are scheduled for diagnostic mammogram, one of our radiologists is available to talk with you after your mammogram to answer any questions you may have.

Requests for Additional Views
One in ten mammography patients may be asked to return for additional views. There is no need to be overly concerned, as most often the radiologist needs more information for a complete interpretation of your mammogram. The mammography staff will contact you if additional views or an ultrasound is needed.

Why Are These Services So Important?
It is estimated that one in eight women will develop breast cancer. Early detection is essential for successful treatment. Statistics show that breast cancer is treatable 94 percent of the time when it is detected in its earliest stages.

There are three methods for detecting breast cancer:

Clinical breast examinations by a physician.
Monthly breast-self examinations
Mammograms
A combination of these three methods is a woman’s most effective defense against breast disease. However, a mammogram can reveal a lump too small for even the most experienced examiner to feel. With mammography, a low-dose X-ray that shows the internal structure of the breast, a lump not felt clinically can often be detected. The earlier a problem is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin.

How Often Should I Have A Mammogram?
The American Cancer Society guidelines for early detection of breast cancer:

Age 20-39:

Clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse every three years.
Monthly breast self-examination
Age 40 +:

Annual mammography.
Annual clinical breast examination by a doctor or nurse (CBE should be done close to the time of the mammogram).
Monthly breast self-examination.
If you have a history of breast cancer in your family, discuss mammography screening guidelines and scheduling with your health care provider.