Gain insight into your breast health through advanced technology and expert analysis. Visit Torrance Memorial for high-quality care from a team that puts your health first.
What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is an imaging scan that uses low-dose X-rays to check for changes in the breast. The test can find potential problems up to a year before you feel a lump or change in your tissue. Early diagnosis often means treatment is easier and more successful.
How Often Do I Need a Mammogram?
All women over age 40 should receive yearly mammograms. Ask your doctor if you should start earlier based on your breast disease risk.
Getting mammograms regularly means you’ll have a record of your breast health to compare to future scans. This helps the radiologist who analyzes your results monitor any changes and better spot any signs of disease.
At Torrance Memorial, you’ll benefit from digital technology that uses a computer to create images. These images are much clearer and available faster than those created using older, film-based technology. Feel peace of mind knowing an experienced, board-certified radiologist will accurately interpret your results.
3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)
Ask your doctor if you need 3D mammography, the most detailed type of mammogram available. Available to all women at Torrance Memorial, this advanced option may be right for you if you have:
- Dense breast tissue
- Family history of breast cancer
- Had previous breast biopsies
3D mammograms create detailed images showing breast tissue layer by layer, which means it can:
- Detect breast cancer at the earliest possible stage
- Reduce false positives that could lead to unneeded biopsies
When scheduling your mammogram, tell us if you’d like your exam to use 3D technology.
Count on Torrance Memorial for convenient care from experienced staff. Our Breast Diagnostic Centers have offered 3D mammography in Torrance, Manhattan Beach, and Rolling Hills Estates longer than any other facility in the South Bay.
How to Prepare
On the day of your appointment
- Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
- Leave any jewelry at home.
- Don’t apply deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion on your breasts or armpits. These products may appear on the mammogram and affect the quality of your results.
If you have a monthly period, schedule your mammogram after your period, when your breasts are less sensitive. This may help prevent any discomfort.
During your appointment
Your mammogram appointment will take about 30 minutes total.
When you arrive, you’ll be asked to undress to the waist and put on a gown. You’ll then go to the examination room, where a technologist will position you for the test.
While you stand, a pair of smooth, plastic plates will compress the breast for a short time. Some people find this slightly uncomfortable, but others feel no discomfort at all. Tell your technologist if you have any pain.
The imaging machine will use X-ray technology to create pictures of the breast tissue from different angles. To prevent blurring, you’ll need to stay still and hold your breath during the compression.
After your appointment
You can resume your normal activities as soon as you leave the center.
Your Test Results
Ask us when and how you’ll receive your test results. Your doctor will likely get your results from the Breast Diagnostic Center the day after your screening. The information should appear in your patient portal as soon as it’s available.
Check your mail for a letter from your radiologist about your results and any recommendations for next steps. When it’s time for your next mammogram, we’ll send you a reminder.