Awareness Is Your Best Defense in Fighting Cancer.
Breast cancer is a disease that all women should be concerned about. It
is one of the most common cancers among women, but frequently can be cured
if detected and treated early. The Mammography Program at North Oaks offers
affordable, high quality screening and diagnostic services to help women
What Is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a safe, low-dose X-ray picture of the breast. There are
two kinds of mammography exams—screening and diagnostic. Both require
a physician’s order. North Oaks wants to ensure that having a mammogram
is as quick, easy and accurate as possible by offering the following:
- Privacy, comfort, and an all-female staff in a soothing mammography suite
- Speed and precision of digital technology.
- Computer-aided detection software offers a second look to assist the radiologist
with identifying suspicious areas
A screening mammogram is used to help detect breast cancer when it may
be too small to be felt. To be eligible for a screening, you must meet
the following requirements:
- No lumps, nipple discharge or skin abnormalities
- No prior history of breast cancer
- No other symptoms of possible breast cancer
The diagnostic mammogram is performed if your doctor believes there is
the possibility of a problem. Diagnostic mammography takes a little longer
than screening mammography because more X-ray pictures are usually taken.
At your request, a radiologist will personally discuss your diagnostic
mammography results with you. Please inform a mammography staff member
if you would like to consult with a radiologist.
Choosing a Quality Facility
The North Oaks Mammography Program is staffed by board-certified radiologists
and certified, licensed mammography technologists, who meet all requirements
set forth by the FDA and American College of Radiology.
North Oaks offers an all-female staff and a suite designed for patient
comfort. The private mammography suite allows for patient education on
proper breast self-examination techniques and consultations with mammography
technologists. Each dressing room features a choice of full or half dressing
gowns, wall mirrors and toiletries.
North Oaks is equipped with the Senographe Essential Mammography Unit,
developed by General Electric. This mammography system produces digital
breast images through computerization rather than on X-ray film. Digital
technology provides better visibility of the breast, particularly near
the skin line or the chest wall, and in women with dense breast tissue.
When to Have a Mammogram
It is estimated that one out of eight women will develop breast cancer
during her lifetime. The American Medical Association and the American
College of Radiology have agreed that at:
- Age 20, you should start performing breast self-exams each month
- Age 40+, you should have an annual screening mammogram and a physician
examination of your breasts
Education and Support
The North Oaks Mammography Department offers information on:
This information is also available in printed format upon request at the
Mammography departments in Hammond and Livingston.
Our technologists in Hammond also are available Monday through Friday from
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. to offer private instruction on the proper way
to perform a BSE. The instruction is demonstrated on a realistic breast model.
Do You Have a Question About Mammography?
Results are provided to your doctor typically within 48 hours of your visit.
Studies are read by a board-certified radiologist with North Oaks Imaging
Associates, and are available to your doctor in a CD format upon request.
Schedule An Appointment
To schedule an appointment, call North Oaks Patient Scheduling between
7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Hammond: (985) 230-7777
Livingston: (225) 686-4899
Contact us with your questions. If you use our online contact form, expect
a response from our team typically within 48 hours.
Mammography Services are provided at the following locations:
North Oaks Diagnostic Center
15837 Paul Vega, MD, Drive
Hammond, LA 70403
North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex
17199 Spring Ranch Road
Livingston, LA 70754