Why have your mammogram at Minnesota Women's Care?
Most advanced mammography imaging. 3D Mammography is the gold standard for mammogram imaging.
Convenience. Schedule at the same time as your annual exam.
Comfort. Our warm and comforting clinic is far more personal than a big testing center.
Direct communication with your healthcare provider. Your scan results are shared with your provider quickly for better continuity of care.
Highly detailed images. 3D images allow diagnosticians to see abnormalities with more clarity.
Peace of mind. Because of the testing clarity, 3D mammograms often reduce unnecessary callbacks.
Expert diagnosticians. Board-certified radiologists (breast care specialists) interpret all of our 3D mammogram scans.
What is a 3D Mammogram?
3D Mammography (breast tomosynthesis) is a new screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool that provides greater detail. It is done at the same time as a 2D digital mammogram in just a few extra seconds of time on the same equipment.
The diagnostic radiologist is able to look at images of the breast tissue one thin layer at a time. Small details are more visible and overlapping tissue is less of a problem.
Who needs them?
Major healthcare organizations like the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure advise that every woman over age 40 (or earlier with family history of breast cancer) have an annual screening mammogram.
A screening 3D mammogram greatly increases chances of detecting most anomalies at their earliest stage. That’s why our practice subscribes to these recommendations and offers in-office 3D Mammography to all of our patients.
The chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer increases with age. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
This is the gold standard for breast health: mammograms are essential for women 40 and older.
State-of-the art care
Minnesota Women's Care offers state-of-the-art 3D mammography imaging for a number of important reasons:
- Breast cancer is identified at earlier stages
- Additional images and recalls are reduced by 40%
- Reduction of unnecessary procedures and biopsies
- Ideal for dense breast tissue exams
Breast tomosynthesis, the most advanced technology for breast health, is a 3-dimensional mammogram that allows the radiologist to view the breast tissue one layer at a time. With this view, the radiologist is able to look at the smallest details rather than a flat 2-dimensional image.
When should you have a mammogram?
Any time is fine ... but your annual exam is the perfect time to really take an inventory of your health and wellness - mind and body. By scheduling your mammogram at the same time, your healthcare provider has a complete view of your health.
Need a mammogram?
You may be eligible to receive free cancer screening at Minnesota Women's Care through the SAGE Screening Program. This program provides screening and early detection of breast, cervical and colorectal cancers free of charge to people who qualify. The exam and screening is performed in our clinic by our experienced team of providers.
The Sage Program, from the Minnesota Department of Health, maintains a Call Center, staffed by patient navigators who speak several languages. The navigators answer calls Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and assist Minnesota callers with program eligibility and more. Minnesota Women's Care is pleased to work in cooperation with SAGE to provide free cancer screenings.
To find out if you're eligible and to get more information, call Sage at 1-888-643-2584 or 651-201-5600.
NOTE: You must be enrolled in the SAGE program and active prior to receiving your mammogram. The SAGE program requires a breast exam prior to your mammogram, so you will need to schedule an annual exam first. This exam is also provided free of charge by SAGE Screening.
If you're wondering about eligibility, please view this decision tree or call SAGE directly.