Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital Offers Digital Mammography
In about 20 minutes, a woman can be screened at Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital to discover if her breasts show any sign of cancer, using the hospital’s digital mammography machine.
The exams are read by a radiologist in Wild Rose or at Berlin Memorial Hospital, with results delivered in 24 to 48 hours.
“Mammograms are the best way to spot any signs of cancer,” said Tara Lamb, Breast care coordinator at Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital. “It can see things that you wouldn’t feel during a self-exam or even during an exam by a doctor. Our digital machine produces clear images and can pick up a cancer the size of a grain of sand. It’s very exact.”
The digital machine also uses less compression than traditional mammography machines, making it more comfortable for women.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Lamb hopes more women will take time this month to schedule their mammogram.
“The American Cancer Society recommends that every woman over the age of 40 get a mammogram every year to screen for cancer,” she said. “It’s an essential screening for women.”
Medicare and most insurance plans fully cover the cost of mammograms. Wild Rose is a self-request facility so any woman over the age of 40 can schedule an appointment without first getting a doctor’s referral. Lamb said Wild Rose’s mammography department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and offers flexible scheduling options. She works with patients to find a time that will work for them.
“It’s so important women receive their annual mammograms so I go the extra mile to get a time that works for them,” Lamb said.
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