Arrington Comprehensive Breast Center (4102 24th St.) offers comprehensive care for women’s health with 2D and 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasound, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsies, and bone mineral density exams. For an appointment call (806) 725-7908.
Covenant Mobile Mammography travels to the rural areas Monday through Thursday to provide 2D screening mammograms to those communities. (806) 725-7908.
Tomosynthesis breast imaging allows the interpreting radiologist to view the images in 3D. Each image (four for a screening mammogram) can be viewed a layer at a time, much like looking at a Slinky. When you look at a Slinky as a whole, it is one image; but when you separate it, you see each individual layer. Tomosynthesis enables the radiologist to view the breast image in 4mm slices or layers through the entire breast. This technology aids the radiologist in distinguishing between layers of breast tissue that may appear abnormal in the 2D (flat view) and abnormalities in the breast tissue. The mammogram experience is the same for the 2D and 3D, the compression and the positioning are the same. The mammogram machine does all the work for us. Tomosynthesis is very beneficial to patients with dense breasts. A provider’s order specifying the 3D mammogram is needed before the mammogram will be performed.
These links will explain all services (except Tomosynthesis, which has only been available since April 2017)
Covenant Health Levelland also offers the 2D and 3D mammography.
At present, there are no tests to replace mammography. Experts at the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40.
It is very important for women to know their bodies and to perform monthly self- breast checks in order to detect any changes in their breasts. They should also have their provider check their breasts annually, and at age 40 begin their annual screening mammograms. Breast cancers that are detected early enable the patient to have more treatment options and better outcomes than those that are detected in the later stages. If your mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, you should start screening mammograms 10 years prior to the age she was diagnosed. Women under the age of 30 will need a breast ultrasound initially due to density of their breast, and then a mammogram if recommended.