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Mammography

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.

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 offers affordable, high quality screening and diagnostic services to help women detect cancer. 

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.

Screening Mammography

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. 

Diagnostic Mammography

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 Cancer Society, 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.

On the Day of Your Mammogram

  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you only have to remove your top. 
  • Don’t use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or near the breasts before the exam. These products can show up on the image. 
  • Bring a list of the places and dates of previous mammograms, biopsies or other breast treatments. 
  • Bring any previous mammography images so they can be compared with your new mammogram. 
  • Arrive 20 minutes prior to your appointment time to register for your mammogram. Schedule the mammogram one week after menstruation begins. Your breasts are less tender at this time. 

Answers to Common Questions

Q. How many women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year?
A. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer (other than skin cancer) and is the second cause of cancer-related death after lung cancer in American women.  Approximately 227,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Q. What are the risk factors for developing breast cancer?
A. Simply getting older and being a woman puts a woman at risk. The risk also is increased if a woman has a history of breast cancer in her family, has never had children, had her first child after age 30, began menstruating before age 12 or completed menopause after age 55.

Q. Are there any warning signs of breast cancer?
A. The most common warning signs are: a lump or thickening in the breasts, swelling, nipple discharge, pain, retraction (the nipple or skin being pulled in), or a change in the color or texture of the skin of the breasts or areola (skin around the nipple). You should contact your doctor if you detect any of these changes.

Q. Does a mammogram hurt?
A. The mammogram only takes a few minutes. You may feel slightly uncomfortable, but the examination should not be painful.

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.

Do you have a question about Mammography?

E-mail your questions and one of our staff members will reply within 48 hours: radiology@northoaks.org
Sorry, no medical advice can be exchanged.

Mammography Services are provided at the following locations:

North Oaks Diagnostic Center
15837 Paul Vega, MD, Drive
(on the campus of North Oaks Medical Center)
Hammond, LA  70403

North Oaks-Livingston Parish Medical Complex
17199 Spring Ranch Road
Livingston, LA 70754 

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