Healthy breasts begin with a mammogram
Screening mammograms detect abnormalities when they are too small to feel. Breast cancer doesn't normally show symptoms in its earliest stages. With regular mammograms, breast cancer is more likely treatable when caught early and mammograms can even detect some forms of pre-cancer before the development of a tumor.
All women should talk with their health care provider about the appropriate timing for screening mammograms, especially women who are age 40 or at high-risk. A schedule will be based upon your individual health. At age 40, any woman may wish to begin regular screening mammograms. By age 45, women should have a screening mammogram and continue to have one at least every other year.
While we encourage all women to establish care with a Primary Care Provider (PCP), if you have no history of breast cancer, have no current breast issues or concerns, and are eligible for a routine screening mammogram, you are able to self-refer without a physician order. Please call to schedule now.
According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 80 percent of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history.
Types of screening mammograms
Prevea Health offers both digital technology and digital technology with 3-D enhancements. Talk to your provider to determine which option is best for you.
Digital technology, also called full field digital mammography (FFDM) or 2-D technology, has been done for years and is a great choice for women with no or low risk of breast cancer. A digital mammogram uses X-rays to produce an image of the breast, but instead of storing the image directly on film, the image is stored directly on a computer. This allows the recorded image to be magnified for the doctor to take a closer look.
3-D mammography (Tomosynthesis) is a recent advancement in breast imaging technology. Clinical studies have shown that mammography screening using 3-D equipment has a higher cancer detection rate when compared to digital mammography.
The 3-D mammogram is acquired when the X-ray tube moves in an arc and takes multiple pictures in a few seconds. The images show the breast tissue in separate layers, like the pages of a book. The exam takes about the same amount of time as a digital mammogram. Benefits of 3-D mammography:
- A decrease in the number of women recalled for additional mammogram views.
- A decrease in the number of breast biopsies with results that are not cancer.
- An increase in detection of invasive breast cancer.
- Cancer detection up to 15 months earlier, which improves treatment results.
Any woman can have a 3-D mammogram. It is highly recommended for women who are at high-risk for breast cancer.
Prevea provides screening mammograms at three health center in the Green Bay area and on a mobile mammography vehicle that visits numerous health centers in rural communities.
Mammography on the move
Screening mammograms on our mobile mammography vehicle provide all the comforts of a traditional health center, but closer to home for women who live outside of the Green Bay and Sheboygan areas. The mobile unit houses both digital technology and digital technology with 3-D enhancements, is staffed by registered mammography technologists and is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR).
The mobile mammography unit visits the locations listed below various times each month, Monday - Friday. To find when it will be at a location near you or schedule an appointment call (920) 496-4789
or (888) 277-3832
Prevention at work
Prevea’s mobile mammography service offers your employees the opportunity to have a routine screening mammogram at your place of business. Prevea’s breast health experts come right to you. This life-saving screening can be available just steps away from your employees’ desk. To inquire about these opportunities, please call (920) 496-4789
or click here
Mammography insurance coverage
Most screening mammograms are covered by your insurance company or Medicare on an annual basis beginning at age 40. We suggest that you check with your insurance company for your specific coverage prior to your appointment. Most insurance plans cover 3-D screening mammography, but there may be exceptions to 100% coverage. It is the patient’s responsibility to understand the coverage provided by their individual health plan and whether any co-pay is required. To obtain that information, call the phone number on your insurance card and ask about the 3-D mammogram procedure code 77063.