Mammography Services

Annual mammograms are important for breast health

Mammograms can reveal nearly 90 percent of breast cancers as early as two years before a lump can be felt, giving you the best chance for successful treatment. Beginning at age 40, all women with average risk should have an annual mammogram. It generally takes 30 minutes or less, and you can easily find appointment times at OhioHealth that fit your schedule. No prescription is needed for a screening mammography for women 40 and older.

Schedule Your Appointment

Not all locations offer online scheduling, including O'Bleness and Morrow County hospitals, as well as Riverside Women's Center. Please call those locations to make your mammogram appointment. At OhioHealth, women with limited financial resources or medical insurance coverage may be eligible for assistance in paying for their mammogram. To ask about financial assistance options, please call your mammography location.

We offer 3D digital mammography

For several years, OhioHealth has offered advanced 3D digital mammography, known as breast tomosynthesis, to patients who require specialized testing because of dense breast tissue or a history of breast cancer. You may benefit from a 3D digital mammogram if you’re an individual:

  • Under 74 who has had prior mammograms showing dense breast tissue.
  • With a history of breast cancer.
  • Who has never had a mammogram or needs to establish a baseline. 

Due to billing changes in healthcare, there will be an additional charge for 3D mammography that may be covered by your insurance. Check with your insurance provider prior to your appointment.

Are you at risk?

Risk factors for breast cancer include those you cannot change, such as family history, and those you can, such as lack of exercise. Know what may be putting you at risk, and talk with your doctor about ways you can change or manage it.

Risk factors that cannot be changed
  • Gender, age and race
  • Genetic risk factors
  • Family or personal history of breast cancer
  • Breast density
Risk factors linked to lifestyle
  • No children or having children later in life.
  • Regular alcohol consumption.
  • Being overweight or obese, and lack of exercise.
  • Using combination estrogen and progesterone hormone therapy after menopause.
Ways to lower risk factors
  • Regular physical activity
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid or limit alcohol intake

Be proactive: examine yourself

One of the most important things you can do to manage your breast health is to perform a monthly self-exam. This will help you become familiar with how your breasts normally feel. Talk to your doctor, if you notice any changes.


Use the pads of your three middle fingers on your left hand to check your right breast. Use your right hand for your left breast.

Lie down on your back with a folded towel under your shoulder. Press using light, medium and firm pressure in a circle without lifting your fingers off the skin.

Follow an up and down pattern. Feel for changes in your breast, above and below your collarbone and in your armpit.


Look at your breasts in the mirror in these four positions. Look for any changes from normal. 

  • Hold arms at your side.
  • Hold arms over your head.
  • Press your hands on your hips and tighten your chest muscles.
  • Bend forward with your hands on your hips.
See Your Doctor if You Notice
  • A lump, a hard knot, or thickening
  • Swelling, warmth, redness, or darkening
  • Change in size or shape
  • Dimpling or puckering of skin
  • Itchiness, scaly skin, a sore, or a rash on your nipple
  • Nipple discharge that starts suddenly
  • Nipple inversion



COVID-19 vaccine and your screening

One side effect some people experience from the COVID-19 vaccine is swelling of the lymph nodes under the armpit.

Although the swelling is a normal part of the immune response to the vaccine, it can mirror a symptom of breast cancer, which has caused some undue concern on mammograms.

In this OhioHealth Medical Minute, Natalie Jones, MD, a breast and melanoma surgeon and chair of the OhioHealth breast health program, and Lauren Miller, MD, a radiologist who focuses on breast imaging, explain how the vaccine can affect your screening, and when to schedule your mammogram if you plan to get the vaccine or have recently received one.

Schedule Your Appointment

We’re putting your safety first

At our imaging and mammography locations, we’ve taken measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases like COVID-19, and keep our patients, providers and associates safe. When patients arrive, we will: 

  • Clean and disinfect all equipment and surfaces between patients.
  • Ask patients to remain in their car until 15 minutes before their appointment, to minimize the number of patients in our waiting area.
  • Take the temperature of all patients and require them to wear masks.
  • Enforce social distancing guidelines in our waiting area.
  • Restrict visitors, unless patients need physical assistance.