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IU Health Leaders: Mammograms don't take long but have life-saving impact

IU Health Arnett leaders show us how easy the mammogram process can be.

Posted: Oct 13, 2020 8:24 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- The process of getting a mammogram doesn't take long but can have a life-saving impact. That's why IU Health Arnett leaders are showing us how easy the exam can be.

Mammography Supervisor Haley Delks gave News 18 a walk-through to understand the process step-by-step. She said the entire exam only takes about 15 minutes.

She breaks it down into four easy steps. First, you get called back to the room for the mammogram, then you change clothes.
The machine will take four photos, capturing in-depth images of the breast tissue. Then you're done.

"The new equipment that we have it's been a game-changer," said Delks.

IU Health Arnett has helped hundreds of women navigate their way through Breast Cancer. But that couldn't happen without the diagnosis that starts with getting a mammogram.

"We are able to see things within the breast tissue, architectural distortion, and we're able to see it with the different slices of the new equipment," said Delks. "That's why we do screening, we want to save lives we want to catch it early."

IU Health wants to break any misconceptions that stand in the way of women getting screened.

"Typically when you come in for your screening mammogram chances of getting called back are very low," said Delks.

Delks said results are sent to the patient's primary care physician and patients get results within a week. She said about 10% of patients get called back, and out of that, an even smaller percentage of patients actually have cancer. She's encouraging women to just get it done.

"The earlier we catch it, the absolute best," said Delks.

IU Health leaders suggest getting mammograms starting at age 40. For women with a family history of breast cancer, they suggest starting at age 30 to 35.

To schedule a same-day mammogram, call 765-448-8100 or learn more by visiting the IU Health Arnett website.

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