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Breast Imaging FAQs

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions in regards to our breast imaging services. If you have further questions, please call 913-588-1227.

What are your hours and locations?

We have three locations for your convenience:

Westwood
2330 Shawnee Mission Pkwy.
Westwood, KS 66205

Located 5 miles east of I-35 on Shawnee Mission Parkway and Belinder Road, inside the Westwood Medical Pavilion and the Richard and Annette Bloch Cancer Care Pavilion.

7 a.m.-7 p.m., M-Th, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri.
8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday

Shawnee
7405 Renner Road
Shawnee, KS 66217

Located a half-mile south of I-435 and Midland Drive on Renner Road, inside KU MedWest.

8 a.m.-4 p.m., M-W and Fri.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Th.

Overland Park 10720 Nall Ave.
Overland Park, KS 66210

Located north of I-435 and Nall Avenue in Overland Park. The main entrance to the hospital is on the south side of the building.

7 a.m.-4 p.m., M-Fri.

Walk-ins are welcome at all locations.

Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questionsWhen do I learn my results?

You should receive screening mammogram results in the mail within 5-7 days. If there is a need for further testing, contact your doctor for an order to schedule additional testing.

Results of diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds are available the same day of service. If a biopsy is necessary, we will answer your questions and schedule your procedure. Biopsy results are available in 3-4 days.

What are my options if my screening mammogram results show positive?

We will ask you to return for a problem-focused diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound to clarify what we saw on the screening mammogram. About 20% of those who return for a diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound need a biopsy. Of those, about 25% will eventually have a breast cancer diagnosis. Approximately 95% of patients who undergo a screening mammogram and are called back for further evaluation do not have breast cancer.

How do you take a mammogram of my breasts?

The technologist will place your breasts between two plates on the imaging machine, and apply compression for a few seconds while we take each image. We ask you to hold your breath and not move during each exposure.

Why do you have to compress?

Compression helps flatten the breast tissue. This makes the mammogram clearer and easier to interpret. It helps keep the breast still so no motion is visible on the image. When breasts are compressed for imaging, less radiation is needed to penetrate the breast tissue.

Is a mammogram painful?

You will feel the compression when it is applied for each image. Unless your breasts are already tender, the exam should not be painful. Our mammographers are specially trained in positioning your breasts for the most accurate images and the least discomfort. Some patients do experience brief discomfort.

Does the compression from the mammogram cause breast cancer?

No, the compression of breast tissue is needed to properly image the tissue.

Will the mammogram rupture my implants?

If you have implants, we will take images that include the implant. To achieve those images, we apply light compression on the breasts. We then take images called implant displacement images. For these images, we compress the breast tissue that is in front of the implant.

What is a digital mammogram?

A digital mammogram is processed through and stored on a computer in a digital or electronic format rather than on film. The image is faster because there is no developing process. Think of a digital camera vs. a 35mm camera with film. You can almost instantly see the image vs. taking the film to the store and waiting for it to be developed.

What is the difference between a screening and a diagnostic mammogram?

We order a screening mammogram for someone who has no breast issues and is having the mammogram as part of a routine checkup. We order a diagnostic mammogram for patients who report a problem, have a history of breast cancer in their family or whose screening mammogram showed an abnormality. After a diagnostic mammogram, a radiologist will interpret the images while the patient waits.

What are the advantages of the 3D mammogram?

Research shows that 3D mammography improves cancer detection and reduces the number of patients called back for additional imaging.

Whom do I speak to if I have questions about costs but don't have insurance coverage?

Call one of our financial counselors at 913-945-8919.