Breast Imaging (Mammography)

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast, which is used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. There are two different types of mammograms. The most common is a screening mammogram, which is used to detect small growths in the breast even before they can be felt. Screening mammograms can be scheduled without a doctor’s order if you are 40 or older. A diagnostic mammogram is used to diagnose breast abnormalities, such as a lump, breast pain, nipple thickening, or a change in breast size or shape. If an abnormality is detected in a screening mammogram, you may need a diagnostic mammogram.

Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer is linked to early diagnosis. Mammography is critical for the early detection of breast cancer. Digital mammography can sometimes detect abnormalities in the breast two years before a patient or physician can feel them.
Current guidelines recommend mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Generally, the procedure is brief and discomfort is minimal.

Hours and Location

Diagnostic Radiology Outpatient Scheduling:
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:00pm
Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: Closed
phone: 309.449.4230
fax: 309.449.6014
Diagnostic Radiology is located in the Hopedale Hospital.
All diagnostic exams require a physician’s order before an appointment can be scheduled. The order can be faxed by the physician’s office or by the patient.  The scheduler will also need to know the patient’s:
  • Name and date of birth
  • Phone number
  • Insurance information (including referrals/pre-certifications)
  • Examination being ordered
  • Symptoms or diagnosis