Center for Breast Care:
Mobile Mammography and Bone Density Services

The Mayo Clinic Health System Center for Breast Care in La Crosse uses state-of-the art breast imaging tools including three-dimensional (3D) digital mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT). Our breast imaging experts use a collection of complementary systems for better detection of breast cancer, including: 2D/3D mammography for breast cancer screening and diagnostic work-up, high-resolution sonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and a stereotactic biopsy system for potential intervention.

Outside of La Crosse, mobile 3-D mammography and bone mineral density units expand our reach and increase patient access to state-of-the-art screening services. Our mobile health care delivery units offer quality care and convenience to the people we serve, with flexible and extended hours. The units travel to a number of locations in western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota to provide screening services for women in a confidential manner, whilst offering Mayo Clinic care close to home. These mobile screening resources, together with our breast imaging experts, other health care providers, educators and agencies, are interconnected and complement each other to help screen, educate and refer women for continued care and treatment.

Mayo Clinic recommends annual screening mammography beginning at age 40 years for women at average risk of breast cancer. Women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors for breast cancer require an individualized approach to screening.

The advantages of 3-D digital mammography include:

  • Improved imaging of dense breast tissue, which is common in younger women
  • Reduced recalls (also known as callbacks for additional views/imaging) for patients that have 3-D imaging compared to patients who undergo conventional, two-dimensional mammography
  • Up to a 40% reduction of false-positive calls, minimizing patient anxiety and costsBone mineral density exams to screen for osteoporosis are recommended for women 50 years and over.

The advantages of Bone density testing include:

  • Measuring the strength of your bones
    Note: If getting a comparison done of a previous bone density tests, it is highly recommended to obtain this on the same machine from previous years.
  • Alerting you to problems with your bones before you have a fracture

Our goal is to build strong relationships with the patients and other health care providers we serve. Through these relationships, we will work together to meet the screening needs of many Wisconsin communities. 

For information regarding mobile 3-D mammography and bone mineral density services please call 608-392-6405.