Mammograms: Breast Health Screenings
Earlier caught, easier fought
Any woman can develop breast cancer. But yearly mammograms can detect cancer almost two years before a lump can be felt. The earlier we catch the disease, the easier it is to treat.
At Aurora BayCare, we make it fast and simple. A digital mammogram takes just 15 minutes and can increase your odds of survival.
Total Women’s Imaging, In One Place
Aurora BayCare Medical Center has the latest imaging technology, including digital 3-D mammography, bone density scans, and stereotactic biopsy – all together in one place. We have the women’s health care you need, when you need it, under one roof.
- Digital mammograms
- 3-D digital mammograms
- Diagnostic breast ultrasound
- Stereotactic breast biopsies
- Ultrasound guided fine needle aspirations and biopsies
- Breast MRI
A More Comfortable Mammogram
Our state-of-the-art Breast Health Center offers the latest in diagnostic imaging, along with many extra comforts. During your mammogram, you’ll be treated to plush robes, a lounge, and coffee bar. Our goal is to make your visit as pleasant as possible.
We are also the first hospital in Wisconsin to offer a calming, audiovisual mammogram. Designed to help you relax and stimulate your senses, the new sensory mammogram technology integrates sight and sound. You choose your ambient experience, from gardens, waterfalls, or lapping waves on the beach.
At Aurora BayCare, we made this investment with your comfort and health in mind. When women feel calmer during a mammogram, they’re less likely to move. That means better image quality and more lives saved.
Aurora BayCare is pleased to offer digital mammography. Digital mammograms deliver less radiation and improved image technology to catch cancer early. With early detection and improved treatment, women are beating breast cancer.
For women visiting the Breast Health Center at Aurora BayCare Medical Center, we offer 3-D mammograms, the latest tool in the battle against breast cancer. In addition to a substantially improved cancer detection rate, 3-D imaging has fewer false positives than conventional mammography alone, which means fewer unnecessary call-backs.
Instead of viewing breast tissue in a single, flat image, 3-D mammography folds together a series of images to create a 3-D view. The images provide clearer, more detailed views of breast masses long before abnormalities can be felt.
Your 3-D mammography experience will be similar to a traditional mammogram, with no extra pressure or repositioning. The 3-D machine sweeps over the breast from one side to the other, taking a series of digital images.
The difference is the superior imaging. Research shows that 3-D mammography improved cancer detection by up to 40% and decreases false positives by over 20%. Better accuracy means less worry, less expense, and less radiation exposure.
A 3-D digital mammogram can mean:
- Earlier detection
- Fewer additional tests
- Reduced anxiety
Breast Health Experts
Aurora BayCare’s experience and technology make us the best choice for your breast cancer screening. We offer a more comfortable experience with high image quality and less radiation than traditional mammography.
In addition to breast health screening, we provide leading-edge follow-up if a suspicious area is detected. Our advanced technology includes breast MRI, ultrasound, and image-guided biopsies. If a mass is detected, an image guided biopsy allows your physician to collect a tissue sample without surgery.
Who should have a mammogram?
The conversation on when to start your mammogram screening should begin well before age 40. Together, you and your health care provider can develop a screening plan based on your individual risk factors, personal preferences, and your provider’s recommendation.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women at average risk for breast cancer should begin annual mammogram screening no later than age 45. For women ages 55 and older, mammograms are recommended every other year. Screenings should continue as long as you are in good health and expect to live another 10 years or more.