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Jane Brattain Breast Center
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416


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Getting screened and preparing for your mammogram

At the Jane Brattain Breast Center, we support the recommendations for breast cancer screening following guidelines from the American Cancer Society:

  • Yearly mammograms are recommended starting at age 40 and continuing for as long as a woman is in good health. Talk to your doctor about what care plan works best for you.
    • About 85 percent of women with breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
    • Some women should be screened with an MRI in addition to mammograms. Talk to your doctor about whether you should have additional screening at an earlier age, as this applies to less than 2 percent of all women in the U.S. with a specific family history or genetic predisposition.
  • Women should know how their breasts normally look and feel and report any breast change promptly to their doctor. Breast self-exam is an option for women starting in their 20s.
  • Preparing for your mammogram:
    • Schedule the test for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender. If you haven’t gone through menopause, that’s usually during the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be tender the week before and the week during your period.
    • Bring your prior mammogram images. If you’re going to a new facility for your mammogram, gather any prior mammograms and bring them with to your appointments that the radiologist can compare them with your new images. If you don’t have your previous images, bring the name of your facility and the Jane Brattain Breast Center will have you sign a release of information form to collect those images for you.
    • 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 power and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion. Jane Brattain Breast Center provides wipes if you forget.
    • Consider an over-the-counter pain medication if you find that having a mammogram is uncomfortable. Taking aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, etc.) about an hour before your mammogram might ease the discomfort of the test.

Mammograms and diagnostic exams

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that is used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms can find tumors that are too small for you or your doctor to feel, and can help detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages.

Our screening mammograms are performed by dedicated breast technologists on advanced digital mammography machines. Images are then read by specialized radiologists. Approximately 50,000 screening mammograms are performed each year at Park Nicollet and read by breast radiologists at the Jane Brattain Breast Center.

The mammogram uses low-dose radiation X-rays (low-dose radiation) to see the inside of your breast. Compression, or flattening, of the breast tissue is needed to get the highest quality image. Compression is not dangerous to your breast, and any mild discomfort should be temporary.

  • Digital mammography
    • 2D digital mammography is the current standard for screening exams to detect breast cancer. These are offered at all Park Nicollet mammography locations.
    • 3D mammography, or breast tomosynthesis, is now available at the Jane Brattain Breast Center and can be done in place of, or as a follow up to, a 2D screening mammogram. This test takes images of the breast in slices and allows the radiologist to look through the breast one layer at a time. 3D mammography has been found to reduce the number of callback examinations in screening studies, as well as improve cancer detection.
      What to expect during a 3D mammogram examination:
      - Your breast will be compressed at four different angles, similar to a non-3D mammogram. The X-ray tube will move in an arc over your head, taking several pictures of your breast for the radiologist to review in thin slices.
      - The procedure time and radiation dose are similar to a 2D mammogram.
  • Mobile Mammography
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    • Help us fight breast cancer, one mile at a time. Park Nicollet Jane Brattain Breast Center is determined to make screening mammograms more convenient for women everywhere. We are excited about our mobile mammography unit, which brings the best in screening services to you in a tranquil, spa-on-wheels environment.
    • The new mobile mammography service is offered at 13 of our clinics on a rotating basis. Call 952-993-3700 to make an appointment at the location most convenient for you.

Diagnostic exams
We offer a patient-centered approach to diagnostic mammograms and ultrasounds by dedicated female technologists. A diagnostic exam is done to evaluate a lump or to look more closely at an area of concern from a screening mammogram or breast exam. Diagnostic exams are only performed where there is a breast radiologist on-site. Results of diagnostic exams are given to you on the day of the examination after the radiologist has interpreted the images and before you leave the breast center.

  • Breast ultrasound – we have dedicated breast ultrasound technologists who perform only breast ultrasounds.
  • Diagnostic mammography – involves taking extra views of an area of concern on a screening mammogram or focused images of an area of clinical concern.
  • Breast specific gamma imaging (BSGI) – uses a specially designed camera that takes pictures of the breast that are similar in orientation to a mammogram. A small amount of a radiotracer is injected through an IV that is started by the technologist at the time of the exam. Cancerous cells usually have a higher metabolic rate than normal cells and the tracer will typically concentrate in these cells if they are present. The concentration of tracer then shows up on the images.
    • The examination takes approximately 60 minutes and results are given to you before you leave the breast center.
    • This test is sometimes offered to women who are in a high risk screening category, who have an area of concern on their mammogram that needs additional imaging or who need further imaging of the breasts after a breast cancer diagnosis.
  • Contrast enhanced mammography – similar to a regular mammogram, but an IV is started and contrast is injected prior to taking any pictures. Areas in the breast demonstrating abnormal blood flow are identified on the images.
    • This test is sometimes offered to women who are in a high risk screening category or who have an area of concern on their mammogram.
  • Breast MRI – uses a magnetic field to generate images of the breast. If the exam is being performed to look for breast cancer, an IV will be started before the exam begins and images will be taken with and without intravenous contrast. During a breast MRI, you will be laying on your stomach and the breasts will hang down into the dedicated breast coil. The exam lasts approximately 20 minutes.
    • Park Nicollet’s breast MRIs are performed at Methodist Hospital. We use a dedicated breast coil and all MRIs are read by the breast radiologists at the Jane Brattain Breast Center.


Image guided biopsy
For an image guided biopsy, a needle is used to remove small pieces of tissue from an area of concern in the breast under image guidance. The tissue is then processed by the pathology team. Breast needle biopsies can be done with stereotactic, ultrasound or MRI guidance.

Stereotactic biopsy
This type of biopsy is used to sample calcifications or lesions only seen on a mammogram. This can be performed in one of two ways:

  • Laying on your stomach on a padded table with the head turned to the side. The table has a round opening that allows your breast to hang below the table and out of your view. Your breast is held in place from a device below.
  • Sitting up in a chair with your breast compressed by a device in front of you.

You and your radiologist will decide what approach is better for you based on your images and other considerations.

During the procedure, the area of concern is localized using X-ray guidance. The skin is cleaned and numbed with local anesthesia. A small skin incision, so small it does not require stitches, is made. The needle is advanced to the area of concern by the radiologist and samples are taken. A small marking clip is left at the site of the biopsy so that it can easily be found again if needed.

Ultrasound guided biopsy
This type of biopsy is done with you laying on an ultrasound table. The breast is cleaned and numbed using local anesthesia. A small skin incision, so small it does not require stitches, is made. Using ultrasound guidance, the radiologist will advance the biopsy needle to the site of concern to take samples. The samples are then sent to pathology. A small marking clip will be left at the site of the biopsy so that it can easily be found again if needed.

MRI guided biopsy
These are done on areas of concern that can only be seen using an MRI. This procedure is performed by radiologists from Jane Brattain Breast Center at Methodist Hospital.

First, an IV is started so that contrast can be given. You lie on your stomach so that your breast hangs down to be compressed. Images are taken with and without contrast. Your skin will be cleaned and numbed with local anesthesia. The biopsy device is positioned using the images as a guide. The radiologist takes several samples and a small marking clip will be left at the site of the biopsy so that it can easily be found again if needed. A gentle mammogram is done at the end of the procedure to make sure the clip is in the correct position.