Types of Mammograms

There are two types of mammograms – those used to screen for cancer and those used to diagnose cancer, which are usually ordered on an as needed basis for further evaluation of a suspicious mass. Screening mammograms are explained below. Our Diagnosis & Treatment section contains additional information about diagnostic mammograms and other diagnostic procedures.  

Screening Mammograms at BayCare

To guard your breast health, a mammogram is the best screening tool available. It is a safe, low-dose X-ray that can detect changes in the breast long before any symptoms appear or can be felt. Breast cancer is most treatable when tumors are found early, so mammograms play a key role in monitoring your breast health. Mammograms can be used as a screening tool when you don't have symptoms and as a diagnostic tool if you are experiencing symptoms.

Talk with your physician about your risks to learn when it is best to begin these exams. Your potential risk may determine when you should have your first mammogram and how often you need to have them.

Where Can I Get a Mammogram Near Me?

The 15 BayCare Outpatient Imaging Centers are gateways to our seven comprehensive Breast Centers, which provide screening mammograms, diagnostic testing, biopsies and surgery. These outpatient imaging enters are located in Tampa, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Winter Haven and the surrounding areas. 

Schedule a screening mammogram appointment online or call (888) 906-8892. After scheduling an appointment, you'll receive an appointment confirmation and exam preparation instructions.