Screening Mammogram

Mammograms in Kansas City

Clarity Care harnesses advanced mammogram technology and expert radiologists to provide comprehensive screening and early detection services, helping to safeguard your overall breast health. Women over 40, or those at high risk, should schedule annual screenings.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a specialized medical imaging test that uses low-dose X-rays to examine the breasts. The primary purpose of a mammogram is to detect early signs of breast cancer, often before any symptoms are noticeable. This test is capable of identifying various changes in breast tissue, including unusual growths and areas of abnormal density that might indicate the presence of cancer.


Screening Mammogram

Screening Mammogram: Step by Step

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When is a mammogram beneficial?
Mammograms are crucial for:
  • Regular screening: Recommended annually for women over 40 or earlier for those at higher risk.
  • Diagnosis and monitoring: If there are symptoms such as a lump, pain, or nipple discharge.
  • Follow-up checks: Post-procedure monitoring to ensure no recurrence of breast cancer.
What can I expect during a mammogram?
During a mammogram, here's what you can generally expect:
  • Preparation: Upon arriving, you'll change into a hospital gown and should avoid wearing deodorants or perfumes as they can interfere with the images.
  • Positioning: You'll stand by the mammography machine, where a technologist will position your breast on a platform and gently compress it with another plate from above for a few seconds. This is repeated from different angles and for both breasts.
  • Imaging: The actual imaging takes just a few minutes. You might need to change positions to capture different views.
  • Compression: Compression is brief and necessary for clear images, though it might cause some discomfort.
  • Duration: The entire procedure typically takes about 20 minutes.
  • After the scan: You can immediately resume normal activities.
A mammogram can be a bit uncomfortable, especially during compression, but it's a fast and essential procedure for monitoring breast health and early detection of breast cancer. Scheduling a mammogram for the week after your menstrual period when breasts are less likely to be tender, can help reduce discomfort.
How Effective Is Mammography in Detecting Breast Cancer Early?
  • Mortality Reduction: Mammography can decrease breast cancer mortality by 20-40% among women aged 40 to 74.
  • Early Detection: Mammograms can identify tumors up to two years before they can be felt, increasing procedure options.
  • Breast Density Impact: Women with dense breasts are up to five times more likely to develop breast cancer, and mammograms are essential for determining breast density.
  • Family History Factor: Women with a family history of breast cancer may need to begin mammograms earlier due to increased risk. Notably, 75% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
What are the Key Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?
  • Age: The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most breast cancers are diagnosed after age 50.
  • Genetic Factors: About 5-10% of breast cancer cases are thought to be hereditary, primarily caused by abnormal genes passed from parent to child. The most common are mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes.
  • Family History: Having a first-degree relative (mother, sister, or daughter) with breast cancer nearly doubles a woman's risk. Having two first-degree relatives increases the risk even further.
  • Personal History of Breast Cancer or Certain Non-Cancerous Breast Diseases: Women who have had breast cancer are more likely to have it again. Certain non-cancerous breast conditions, such as atypical hyperplasia, also increase the risk.
  • Breast Density: Women with dense breasts are more likely to develop breast cancer and have more difficulty detecting tumors via mammograms due to dense tissue obscuring the cancer.
  • Reproductive History: Early menstrual periods (before age 12), late menopause (after age 55), having your first child at an older age, or never having given birth can all increase breast cancer risk.
  • Radiation Exposure: Women who have received radiation therapy to the chest or breasts (like for procedure of Hodgkin's lymphoma) before age 30 have a higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life.
  • Lifestyle Factors: Lack of physical activity, poor diet, being overweight or obese, and excessive alcohol consumption can increase breast cancer risk.
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): Long-term use of hormone replacement therapy (estrogen-progesterone combinations) for menopause symptoms increases the risk.
Why choose Clarity Care for your mammogram?
  • Sensitive and respectful care: Our staff is trained to provide a comfortable and respectful experience.
  • State-of-the-art technology: Ensuring high-quality images for accurate diagnosis.
  • Expert radiologists: Our specialists are skilled in detecting the earliest signs of breast cancer.
Do you want Clarity in pricing?

For most women, screening mammograms are covered by health insurance without copays or deductibles. However, diagnostic mammograms, which are conducted when there is a suspected problem, might require a copay or be subject to a deductible.

At Clarity Care, we aim to make your experience as transparent and easy as possible. That's why we offer both standard prices for those with insurance and cash prices for those without insurance.

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Where is Clarity Care located?
Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care is at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is conveniently located just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.
Is a doctor's order required for a mammogram?
A doctor's order is not required for a screening mammogram, but if you have a primary care doctor we will share your result with them unless you request us not to. If you don't have a primary care doctor, you can still get a screening mammogram, and we can assist with referrals for any necessary follow up.

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The Clarity Care Imaging & Specialty Care office is conveniently located at 9040 Quivira Road in Lenexa, Kansas. Our center is just north of Oak Park Mall with easy access from much of the Kansas City area including Overland Park, Olathe, Shawnee, Merriam, Mission, Leawood and Prairie Village.


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