Breast Care

Canyon View Imaging & Lab
2373 G Road, Ste 140
Grand Junction, CO 81505
(970) 644-4345

Mammogram Appointment Request: Click here. Or you may call the out-patient scheduling line at (970) 644-3157.

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is the most significant advance in detection of breast cancer since mammography was first utilized as a diagnostic tool. Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly in a computer using less radiation than film mammography.

Our digital mammography system offers optimal imaging for early detection and the utmost in comfort. Dr. Sally Gaglione is a radiologist, a woman, and a member of your community, so she has three good reasons she wants to make sure you know the inside story on Community Hospital's digital mammograms:

"Screening mammography is our best tool for the early detection of breast cancer as it can detect an abnormality long before it can be felt. Digital mammography is the newest innovation on the market. It has been proven to be better than the previous method in three specific categories, while it is at least as good in all other categories. This new system also includes an automatic second reading of each mammogram by a computer system."
– Sally Gaglione, M.D., Community Hospital radiologist

Mammography Screening

The fact is, all mammograms are not created equal. So before you make your next appointment, make sure you know all the facts. Like the fact that Community Hospital was the first to offer digital mammography in the Grand Valley. We're willing to invest in your health, your comfort and your peace of mind.

Listen to your heart. Listen to us. Listen to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, which found that breast cancer incidence in women has increased from one in twenty in 1960 to one in eight today. If detected early, the five-year survival rate for this disease exceeds 95%. Do what's best for yourself. Do what's best for your health.

What is 3D mammography

Digital 3D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis (tomo), is a new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool to improve the early detection of breast cancer. During the 3D part of the exam, an x-ray arm sweeps over the breast, taking multiple images in seconds. Images are displayed as a series of thin slices that can be viewed by our radiologists as individual images or in a dynamic interactive animation.

Overview - Why Have A Mammogram?
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Guidelines to assist in the early detection of breast cancer have been developed by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Modern technologies aid in early detection, giving today’s women the best chance ever of surviving breast cancer.
Greater than 90% of breast cancer patients survive with appropriate treatment, if diagnosed in the earliest stage. Both the ACS and ACR recommend regular low-dose mammograms as the diagnostic tool of choice for detecting cancers too small to be felt. Although approximately 15% of breast cancers may not be detected through mammography, mammography remains the most cost effective tool in the early detection of breast cancer.

What to Expect
Exam Preparation - We ask that you do not apply powders, creams and deodorants on your underarms or breasts as these can interfere with a clear mammogram.
When you come in for your mammogram, dress in a comfortable two-piece outfit.
The best time to schedule your mammogram is the week following your period, if that applies to you.

During the Exam - You will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a cape, opened to the front. Female technologists perform every mammogram. Technologists are American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certified and have an additional training and certification in mammography. Your breast will be positioned on state-of-the-art, accredited and licensed by (ACR), equipment. Then compression will be applied to your breast. Proper compression helps ensure better quality images. Your digital images will be viewed by the technologists for quality and correct positioning before ending the exam.

After the Exam - A board certified radiologist will interpret your mammogram and provide a formal report to your referring physician. A representative of Community Hospital will contact you if the radiologist detects any areas of concern. A letter will be mailed to you with your results. Feel free to contact our facility or check with your health care provider for additional information.