Women experience unique medical concerns throughout their lifetimes, such as pregnancy, gynecologic conditions, and menopause, that may require specialized imaging and diagnostic testing. Our women's imaging specialists provide advanced imaging services to women in every stage of life. Our services include:
- Bone density screening
- General gynecologic imaging
Our Radiology Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Designated Comprehensive Breast Imaging Center. Our breast imaging radiologists offer a full range of breast imaging tests to detect breast cancer, including digital and 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). When imaging tests suggest that your breast tissue should be further analyzed for abnormal cells, our interventional radiologists offer stereotactic, ultrasound-guided, and MRI-guided biopsies on site.
Our breast imaging specialists provide the highest quality screening and diagnostic breast care in supportive and comfortable settings. A radiologist with expertise in breast imaging evaluates every exam. Our services include:
- Digital and 3D mammography
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Upright stereotactic, ultrasound-guided, and MRI-guided breast biopsy
- Needle localization
- Breast reflector placement
How to prepare for your mammogram
- Drop off your prior mammogram images or Bring your prior mammogram images. If you are new to NYP Hudson Valley for your mammograms, request to have any prior mammograms placed on a CD and bring your disc and prior reports before your appointment date. This will allow sufficient time to upload them. If you cannot drop off in advance we request you arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for images to be uploaded. Doing this allows the radiologist to compare past mammograms with your new images and be aware of any prior areas of question or concern.
- Don’t use deodorant before your mammogram. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams, or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion. If you forget, we will have wipes available for you.
What to expect
- For the procedure, you stand in front of the mammography machine, and the technologist will place your breasts on a platform. Your breast is gradually compressed against the platform by a transparent plastic plate. Pressure is applied for a few seconds to spread the breast tissue out. The compression isn’t harmful, but it may be uncomfortable or painful. If you experience too much discomfort, let the technologist know.
- Your breast must be compressed to even out its thickness. Compression minimizes the dose of radiation needed to penetrate the tissue and holds your breast still to decrease blurring from movement. During the brief X-ray exposure, you’ll be asked to remain still, and compression will automatically release once the exposure is complete.
- If the radiologist notices any areas of question or concern on your screening mammogram, further testing will be recommended. This can include additional mammograms, known as compression or magnification views, and ultrasound imaging.
- Please expect 30 minutes for each examination