Breast Health

Digital Mammography | What to Expect | Locations | Resources

Hanover Hospital provides the latest Breast Health imaging services within the Women’s Imaging Center. Conveniently located within the Radiology Department on the 1st floor, the Women’s Imaging Center offers professional expertise and cutting edge technology for breast imaging and breast cancer biopsy in an attractive, comfortable suite that has its own registration desk and waiting area.

Digital Mammography

GE Digital Mammography is provided in the Women's Imaging Center at Hanover Hospital as well as at Hillside. This state-of-the-art technology provides physicians with clear and precise all-digital images. All-digital mammograms offer many advantages for patients, including:

  • Faster, more efficient exams with fewer retakes.
  • Quick turnaround time
  • More comfortable, patient-friendly design and easy wheelchair access.

In addition to Digital Mammography, we offer MRI, and Ultrasound imaging and biopsy. We are also able to perform lymphoscintography in Nuclear Medicine which is used to localize the sentinel (primary) lymph node and can be effective in preventing the need for more extensive surgery.

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What To Expect The Day Of Your Mammogram

Patients scheduled at the Hospital, should report directly to the Women’s Imaging Center. If the patient uses a satellite location, she may register at that location 20 minutes prior to the procedure.

Patients should not use underarm deodorant or body powder prior to the exam.

Mammogram procedures and Breast Ultrasound procedures take approximately 20-30 minutes. Patients scheduled for a Breast Biopsy should anticipate a 90-minute procedure.

You will be asked to undress above the waist, wear a patient gown, and answer a few brief questions about your medical history and risk factors for breast cancer. The technologist may need to examine your breasts to identify any abnormalities that should be imaged.

The mammography exam is performed with special equipment that enables the radiologist to view the breast tissue on the X-ray image. The mammography technologist will position you in front of the machine. You will be asked to stand for the exam, if possible. Your breast will then be positioned on the mammography equipment, and firm pressure (compression) will be applied. The exam may be a bit uncomfortable, but any discomfort will last for less than one minute while the picture is being taken.

The breast will be X-rayed from above and from the side. Both breasts are X-rayed to compare the images.

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Hanover Hospital Women’s Imaging Center
300 Highland Avenue
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 316-3500
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Hillside Medical Center
250 Fame Avenue, Suite 104
Hanover, PA 17331
(717) 316-7981
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*It is helpful to have any previous mammograms from other facilities sent here prior to the exam if possible. You will be asked to sign a request.

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Breast Health Resources

Hanover Area Breast Cancer Support Group:
(717) 633-1111

American Cancer Society (ACS):
Mammograms and Other Breast Imaging Procedures
(888) 227-5445

MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health:
MedlinePlus Interactive Tutorials: Mammogram

National Cancer Institute (NCI):
Screening Mammograms: Questions and Answers

A boutique in Hanover offers breast cancer survivors professional bra fittings, mastectomy bras and apparel, breast forms, wigs- and above all, support:
Life Changes Boutique Inc.
400 York St., Hanover, PA 17331 (open through December 30, 2014)
221 Potomac Avenue, Hanover (opening January 12, 2015)
(717) 633-1111
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For health education on women’s health, and many other health categories, with up-to-date health news, quizzes, calculators, glossaries and more:
Hanover Hospital's Online Health Library

A magazine with the purpose of empowering breast cancer healing journeys with education, inspiration, and encouragement using mind-body-spirit and whole-being wellness principles:

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition represents, supports and serves breast cancer survivors and their families in Pennsylvania through educational programming, legislative advocacy and breast cancer research grants:

Offers discussion boards, chat rooms, stories of hope and ask-the-expert online conferences:

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