Eastern Idaho Women’s Imaging
Welcome to Eastern Idaho Women's Imaging in Idaho Falls, Idaho, formerly known as the Imaging Center at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center.
We may have a new name and a new home, but our expert staff continues to provide the same excellent care. Our specialists perform mammograms, breast and abdominal ultrasounds, stereotactic breast biopsies and bone density testing.
Women 40 years old and older can be seen without a doctor’s referral. To schedule an appointment, please call (208) 227-2612.
Our new center is much cozier, offering a spa-like experience in a more private setting. We are located at 2860 Channing Way, Suite 121, in the Medical Office Building west of Eastern Idaho Regional’s ER, so you can still easily access our facility without entering the main hospital.
We have a supportive, all-female staff, and our breast imaging center is accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Mammography services in Idaho Falls, Idaho
Our goal is to make your mammogram as comfortable and convenient as possible. There’s no need to schedule a primary care visit first—you can save money by scheduling only a mammogram. We even offer Saturday and evening appointments.
Eastern Idaho Women's Imaging offers you a choice of 2D or 3D mammography.
The 3D mammogram allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers significantly more clearly than conventional 2D mammography.
Instead of viewing all of the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, as with a 2D mammogram, fine details are more visible and no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. It takes only a few more seconds for each view.
Thus, 3D mammography is more accurate. It detects 41 percent more invasive breast cancer and reduces false positives up to 40 percent.
Very low x-ray energy is used during the exam, just about the same as a film-screen mammogram. The total patient dose of a 3D exam is within the FDA safety standards for mammography. A 3D mammogram is approved for all women who would undergo a standard mammogram.
How to prepare for your mammogram
Schedule the mammogram for one week after your period, when your breasts are the least sore. Bring previous mammogram images from other clinics for the radiologist to use for comparison. Don’t use deodorant, powder, lotions or perfumes the day of your exam. Wear a two-piece outfit, so your top can easily be removed. Taking over-the-counter pain medication, like Tylenol, an hour before the exam may help with discomfort.
What to expect during the exam
- You'll be given a gown to wear in place of your top and will be asked to remove necklaces. You can keep your bottoms on.
- During the procedure, the technologist will place one breast on a "tray" that raises or lowers, depending upon your height. She'll then position your breast, head, arms and torso to get the best test results.
- Your breast is then pressed against the tray by a clear plate. You'll feel some pressure for a few seconds as your breast tissue is spread out. Most women find it uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful. If you have too much discomfort, please tell the technologist.
- You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds as the image is taken.
- The entire process typically takes less than 30 minutes.
- You will be notified of your test results in writing. If you identify a primary care physician or gynecologist at registration, they will also be sent your results.
Breast cancer screening guidelines
About one in eight U.S. women will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Regular mammogram screenings can provide an early breast cancer diagnosis when the cancer is the most treatable.
Although men can develop breast cancer, it is not recommended that men participate in screening mammography. However, self-breast exam is appropriate for both males and females.
There are different suggestions from medical and cancer organizations right now about the suggested age to begin mammogram screenings for breast cancer.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) recommends women at average-risk for breast cancer begin receiving mammograms every year at 40 years old. The American Cancer Society (ACS) suggests mammogram screenings by 45 years-old. However, both organizations report that high-risk women can start screenings earlier for precaution.