Mammography

A mammogram is a simple x-ray of the breast. According to the American Cancer Society's guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer, women 40 years and older should have a mammogram screening every year.

Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of cancer death for all women (after lung cancer), and the leading overall cause of death in women between the ages of 40 and 55. However, when breast cancers are discovered at an early stage, the five-year survival rate after treatment is 96 percent. Mammograms are the best form of early detection.

New 3D Mammography Available

If you're a who woman can easily list things that you think are more enjoyable than getting an annual mammogram, UnityPoint Health is listening! The hospital is pleased to offer 3D mammography, which is advanced technology that improves the detection of breast cancer.

The 3D technology enables the breast tissue to be seen as one thin segment at a time. It enables the radiologist to view anatomy that otherwise might not be seen because it is overlapped by tissue above and below it on a conventional 2D mammography image. 

The ability to acquire a diagnostic set of images with a reduction in "callbacks" is a very positive patient experience as patient callbacks, for additional imaging increases the stress levels. With the reduction in callbacks, we've also reduced the radiation exposure to the patient. 

Studies show that the technology that the hospital is now offering the Hologic Genius™ 3D mammography system, has resulted in 15% fewer callbacks for repeat testing. Overall, 3D exams lead to better detection and greater peace of mind.  

According to the Office on Women's Health, mammograms—combined with breast exams by a medical professional—are the most effective way to find breast cancer early. That's when treatment is most likely to be successful—and precisely why it is so important for women to follow their doctor's guidance on scheduling mammograms.

Mammography is the best screening tool for breast cancer available today, reports the Radiological Society of North America. It's to your advantage to make use of it, and UnityPoint Health is committed to providing the best technology, well trained and experienced imaging professionals.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling Iowa Lutheran Breast Health Center at (515) 241-6111 or Iowa Radiology at (515) 226-9810.