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Fort HealthCare Mammogram: About

Fort HealthCare Mammogram: About

What is a Mammogram?

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that utilizes a low dose digital X-ray system to examine breasts. The purpose of mammography is to aid in early detection and diagnosis of breast disease.

Mammography cannot prove that an abnormal area is cancer, but if it raises a significant suspicion of cancer, tissue will be removed for a biopsy. Tissue may be removed by needle or open surgical biopsy and examined under a microscope to determine if it is cancer.

Today, dedicated equipment, used only for mammograms, produce studies that are high in quality but low in radiation dose. Radiation risks are considered to be negligible.

At Fort HealthCare, we use the best available imaging technology referred to as “full-field digital mammography.” This offers greater power to detect subtle breast tissue changes ultimately enhancing the ability to detect breast cancer early.

Fort HealthCare Radiology Staff Talk Mammo on WFAW

What are the Different Types of Mammograms?

Screening Mammogram

A screening mammogram is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs of breast cancer. It usually involves two images of each breast. Using a mammogram, it is possible to detect a tumor to small to be felt. No referral is necessary for a screening mammogram.

Diagnostic Mammogram

A diagnostic mammogram is used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as: a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. A diagnostic mammogram evaluates abnormalities detected on a screening mammogram. It is a basic medical tool and is appropriate in the workup of breast changes, regardless of a woman’s age.

If you have an abnormal mammogram at Fort HealthCare, you will have your diagnostic mammogram images reviewed by the UW Health radiologist prior to leaving your appointment.

How is a Mammogram Performed?

Picture of mammogram of the breast indicating a cancerous tumor.
(click to enlarge photo)

The breast is compressed by the mammogram equipment to spread the tissue apart, which allows for a lower dose of radiation. Compression of the breast may cause temporary discomfort, but is necessary to produce a good mammogram. The compression only lasts for a few seconds for each image of the breast and we use special padding to reduce the amount of discomfort you’ll feel.

Book Your Mammogram Directly at Fort Memorial Hospital Radiology Department.
No referral necessary for a screening mammogram.
Ph: (920) 568-5420
Offering evening and weekend hours for your convenience.

Fort Memorial Hospital Radiology Department

Offering evening and weekend hours for your convenience.
Call (920) 568-5420

Visit Jefferson County Health Department where vouchers for free mammograms are available for those who qualify:
Jefferson County Health Department
N3995 Annex Road, Jefferson, WI 53549