Mammograms and diagnostic services
From learning of something suspicious detected in your screening mammogram to hearing a diagnosis of breast cancer – these are things that every woman fears. At Goshen Retreat Women's Health Center, we understand your concerns. That’s why we provide everything necessary right here to help you make your way through the screening, diagnostic testing, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up care – and beyond.
We believe the key to treating you with the best possible care hinges on the ability to make the most accurate diagnosis and to make it in a timely manner. Working in conjunction with Goshen Center for Cancer Care, our fellowship trained physicians collaborate with one another and integrate their skills and expertise to quickly and clearly define your disease and determine your individual treatment plan. It’s an approach that offers greater hope for healing as we focus not only on treating your cancer but also on treating you as a whole person.
Mammograms are the only test proven to decrease the chances of dying from breast cancer. In fact, the earlier the disease is discovered and treated, the better your chance of survival. For women ages 50 to 69, studies have shown that having regular mammograms could reduce death from breast cancer by one-third.
That's why we follow recommendations to get a mammogram once a year for any woman over the age of 40 and women under 40 with a family history of breast cancer.
How mammograms work
Mammography is the process of taking an X-ray picture of the breast. A mammogram is the X-ray image itself. During a mammogram, the breast is pressed between two plates to flatten and spread the tissue. The pressure lasts only for a few seconds. And although this may cause some pain for a moment, it is needed for a good picture. Mammograms can identify abnormalities such as very small lumps, areas of calcification or other changes up to two years before they can be felt by a woman or her physician. Mammograms are safe, exposing the patient to only a minimum amount of radiation.
If a screening mammogram detects something suspicious, a diagnostic mammogram is often recommended. This test provides a more detailed X-ray of the areas of concern in the breast.
We offer state-of-the art Selenia® Full-Field Digital Mammography at Goshen Retreat Women's Health Center. This system produces computerized breast images faster and with greater clarity than film. And it provides physicians with more current and accurate information concerning the size, dimensions and location of the abnormality. Digital mammograms are recommended for premenopausal women and those with dense breast tissue.
At Goshen Retreat Women's Health Center, every diagnostic mammogram is “second-read” by a computer, highlighting areas in need of further attention by a radiologist. This allows our patients to receive immediate feedback from an on-duty radiologist and helps reduce patient anxiety.
If you have an abnormal diagnostic mammogram or detected lump, an ultrasound exam may also be suggested as a follow-up procedure. Breast MRI can also be used in addition to a mammogram for women who are at a high risk for developing breast cancer.
We offer convenient appointment times for mammograms, including early morning and late evening hours and some Saturdays in the fall. You may walk in without an appointment for a first-available time. Mammogram appointments usually take about 30 minutes.
Financial assistance for screening mammograms is available for income eligible, medically underserved women.
For specific hours or to schedule your mammogram, please call (574) 364-4600.