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Mammography

Why choose Ochsner Health for mammography?

Each year, almost 300,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. While common among American women, this type of cancer is also treatable in many cases. It’s most treatable when detected early through breast cancer screening, such as mammography. When women in Louisiana and Mississippi need a mammogram, they can confidently choose Ochsner for the care they need. Ochsner offers the technology and expertise needed to capture detailed images of the breast, providing doctors with the information they need to diagnose breast cancer.

As part of our commitment to providing patients with the latest technologies and types of imaging, all Ochsner facilities offering mammography now provide 3D mammograms, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. This type of mammogram is an advanced form of breast cancer screening.

During a 3D mammogram, multiple pictures of the breast are captured from different angles using X-ray, then merged into a three-dimensional view of the breast. This allows a radiologist to carefully look through different layers of the image, making it easier to spot any areas of concern.

Because it offers an enhanced view of the breasts, digital breast tomosynthesis is often recommended for younger women, those who have dense breast tissue and those who have breast implants. It has also been shown as more effective in diagnosing breast cancer and results in fewer unnecessary call-backs for additional imaging scans.

Ochsner facilities also provide other types of screening and diagnostic services for breast diseases, including cancer. Services include:

  • Breast MRI

  • Breast ultrasound

  • Core needle biopsy, which uses a needle to remove a sample of breast tissue

  • Cyst aspiration, or draining fluid from a cyst

  • Diagnostic mammography

  • Preoperative needle localization, which is used to mark the area the doctor will remove during surgery

When you’re in need of a mammogram, you have options for where to have the breast cancer test performed. But Ochsner offers a level of care unsurpassed by other providers in the area. All Ochsner facilities offering mammography use advanced technology and specialized expertise to provide the diagnostic information your care team needs.

That commitment to excellence is highlighted at the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Medical Center, which is accredited by the American College of Radiology as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. The Breast Center is also certified by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers for interdisciplinary breast diagnosis and treatment. Taking it one step further, fellowship-trained breast radiologists provide prompt and comprehensive readings of imaging scans at all Ochsner facilities.

What does that mean for you? You can get the breast cancer-related care you need, from diagnosis to treatment and beyond, at Ochsner facilities. We’re committed to continually improving and advancing the services we offer, with an eye on adding contrast-enhanced mammography — mammography that uses special dye to help radiologists see areas of concern on the mammogram — to our list of services within the next year.

Whether it’s time for your regular screening mammogram or you need a diagnostic mammogram after finding a lump, you don’t want to wait long and you don’t want to have to travel far. Ochsner is committed to providing women in our region with mammography services in locations conveniently spread across the area.

In addition to mammograms offered at the Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner Medical Center, women can also access mammography services at 20-plus other Ochsner facilities across the region, including locations in northern Louisiana, along the bayou, coastal Mississippi, Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Find a location near you.

FAQs

There are two main types of mammography. Screening mammography is the type you are probably most familiar with. This type of mammogram is the kind you have annually or on a regular basis as recommended by your doctor.

Diagnostic mammography is the other type. Diagnostic mammograms are recommended if you’re experiencing a breast-related symptom, like nipple discharge or a lump, or if something suspicious or unclear was seen on a screening mammogram. You may also need a diagnostic mammogram if your doctor recommends a follow-up mammogram in between your regularly scheduled screening mammograms.

Both types of mammograms are performed at Ochsner facilities using 3D mammography to capture the most detailed images of the breast tissue.

The process is actually relatively simple. When you arrive for a mammography appointment, you’ll be provided with a robe or gown and asked to take off your shirt and bra. Because you’ll be removing the top part of your clothing, we recommend that you wear a two-piece outfit.

In an imaging suite, a mammography technologist will carefully move your body into the position needed to capture pictures of the breast. Your breasts will be placed between plates and then compressed to even out the breast tissue and hold the breasts still.

During the mammogram, you’ll be moved into multiple positions to capture different views of the breast tissue. You’ll be asked to stay still as the X-rays are captured to keep the images from blurring. From start to finish, a mammogram is typically complete within 20 to 30 minutes.

Every woman’s experience is different. Since the breast tissue is compressed during a mammogram, it is normal to feel some mild discomfort. The amount of discomfort will vary depending on a number of factors, including the sensitivity of your breasts and where you are in your menstrual cycle.

If you experience significant discomfort, let your mammography technologist know. You can also talk with your doctor about reducing discomfort during future mammograms by taking a dose of an anti-inflammatory medication or a pain reliever in the hours before your scan.

Mammograms use X-rays to capture images of the breast. That means that you’re exposed to a small amount of radiation during the imaging scan. But the radiation dose is tiny.

The advanced technology in 3D mammography uses a low radiation dose. While the exact dose varies between mammograms, the American Cancer Society reports that the average radiation dose in a mammogram is equivalent to what a woman is naturally exposed to in a seven-week period.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Mammography

Mammography Locations

Ochsner American Legion Hospital
1634 Elton Road
Jennings, LA 70546
  • : 8:09 p.m.-8:09 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Complex - Clearview
4430 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70006
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center – Gonzales
2400 South Burnside Ave.
Gonzales, LA 70737
  • Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport - Feist-Weiller Cancer Center
1501 Kings Highway
Shreveport, LA 71103
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Pascagoula Medical Park - Singing River Health System
3101 Denny Ave.
Pascagoula, MS 39581
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Ocean Springs Medical Park
3535 Bienville Blvd.
Ocean Springs, MS 39564
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cedar Lake Medical Park
1720 A Medical Park Drive
Biloxi, MS 39532
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 West 7th St.
Kaplan, LA 70548
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - St. Mary Medical Center
915 Margaret Place
Shreveport, LA 71101
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Mary
1125 Marguerite St.
Morgan City, LA 70380
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Lake Terrace
1532 Allen Toussaint Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122
  • Monday – Friday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center - Hancock
149 Drinkwater Blvd.
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Imaging Center
1601 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Mon–Fri: 6 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Mammogram & MRI: 7 Days/Week*: 8 a.m.-noon
St. Bernard Parish Hospital
8000 W. Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center – Lakeside
4500 Clearview Pkwy. , 1st Floor
Metairie, LA 70006
  • Monday–Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
St. Charles Parish Hospital Medical Office
13100 River Road , St. Charles Parish Hospital Medical Office
Destrehan, LA 70047
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Complex – River Parishes
1900 West Airline Highway
LaPlace, LA 70068
  • 7 days/wk, 24 hrs/day: 11 p.m.-11 p.m.
St. Charles Parish Hospital
1057 Paul Maillard Road
Luling, LA 70070
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Complex - Iberville
25455 La Highway 1
Plaquemine, LA 70764
  • Clinic Hours: Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Emergency Care: 24 Hours: 8:09 p.m.-8:09 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center
1978 Industrial Blvd.
Houma, LA 70363
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Slidell
2750 East Gause Blvd.
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Saturday: 7 a.m.-11 a.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Covington
1000 Ochsner Blvd.
Covington, LA 70433
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Lapalco
4225 Lapalco Blvd.
Marrero, LA 70072
  • Mon–Fri: 7 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - Tangipahoa
41676 Veterans Ave.
Hammond, LA 70403
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Ochsner Health Center - O'Neal
16777 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Monday–Friday: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Ochsner Medical Center - Baton Rouge
17000 Medical Center Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Anne Hospital
4608 Highway 1
Raceland, LA 70394
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Metairie
2005 Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Metairie, LA 70002
  • Mon: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Tues–Fri: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Sat: 8 a.m.-11:45 a.m.
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7