Digital Mammography

3D Mammography MachineYuma District Hospital is proud to provide top of the line Digital Mammography to our patients.  With our digital mammography machine, we are able to obtain higher quality images, obtain the images much faster, and provide less discomfort while using compression.  We have received many comments from our patients stating that the compression is much less uncomfortable than it used to be with the old machine.  A few quotes we have received from our patients include…

“That was much better than the last time.”

“So much quicker and less uncomfortable than the old machine!”

“That was it?  That was easy!”

Mammography is the most accurate diagnostic technique available to early detection of breast disease.  There are two types of mammography procedures: screening mammography and diagnostic mammography.


Screen mammography is an x-ray examination of the breast in a woman who is asymptomatic (has no breast complaints).  The goal of screening mammography is to detect cancer when it is too small to be felt by her physician or the woman.  Early detection of small breast cancers by screening mammography greatly improves a woman’s chance for successful treatment.  Screening mammography usually involves two views (x-ray pictures) of each breast.  For some patients additional pictures may be needed at the screening to include as much breast tissue as possible.

The American Cancer Society guidelines for the detection of breast cancer in asymptomatic women are:

  • Women 20 years of age and older should perform breast self-examination every month
  • Women 20-39 years of age should have a physical examination of the breast every three years, performed by a health care professional such as a physician, physician assistant, nurse, or nurse practitioner.
  • Women 40 and older should have a physical examination of the breast every year, performed by a health care professional as stated above.
  • Women 40 years of age and older should have a mammogram every year.

We encourage that you discuss your screening mammography procedure with your physician; however, physician referral is not required.  Appointments may be scheduled by your physician or directly by calling the radiology department at 970-848-4642 or central scheduling at 970-848-5405.


Diagnostic Mammography is an x-ray examination of the breast in a woman who either has a breast complaint (for example, a breast mass, nipple discharge, etc.) or has had an abnormality found during screening mammography.  During diagnostic mammography, additional images will be obtained to carefully evaluate the breast abnormality.

If you feel or see anything abnormal in/on your breast(s), please contact your primary physician.

Before going to your mammography procedure, it is important to not wear any deodorants, lotions, powders, or perfumes as they can cause artifact which can look as though it may be cancerous and cause a false negative mammogram.  This would mean that the radiologist would want unnecessary additional imaging because they do not know it is only deodorants, lotions, powders, or perfumes.

Yuma’s mammography services are FDA certified and accredited by the American College of Radiology.  Our mammography technologists are credentialed by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists and are mammography certified.

If you have any questions regarding your mammography exam, please call 970-848-4642.