New technology, extended hours for mammograms available in October

September 21, 2015

RED WING, Minn. —Starting in October, patients will have options when it comes to breast screenings. Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing will offer 3D imaging called tomosynthesis in addition to routine mammogram screening. Tomosynthesis is a cutting edge test that uses X-rays to collect multiple images of the breast from several angles and helps reduce patient callbacks for false-positive results. “This type of screening will especially benefit patients with dense breasts or those with high risk factors,” says Hugh Smith, M.D., a radiologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing.

To continue to bring awareness about the benefits of early breast cancer screenings, Mayo Clinic Health System in Red Wing will offer extended hours Oct. 5-8, and Saturday hours on Oct. 10 and 17 to encourage area women to complete their annual mammograms. Mayo Clinic Health System and the American Cancer Society recommend that women begin annual mammogram screenings at age 40. Mammography is an X-ray image of the breast that can detect abnormalities and is the most effective exam for early detection of breast cancer.

“Mammograms are absolutely critical for women age 40 and over, or for younger women with a family history of breast cancer,” says Smith. “What better way to honor breast cancer awareness month than by taking charge of your own breast health?”

For added patient convenience, radiology will be open until 7 p.m. the week of Oct. 5-8 and from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays in October. The mobile mammography truck will also offer extended hours in Zumbrota on Oct. 23 and in Ellsworth, Wis. on Nov. 6.

For appointments in Red Wing, call 651-267-5000.

For appointments in Ellsworth, call 715-273-5061.

For appointments in Zumbrota, call 507-732-7314.

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