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IU HEALTH WHITE MEMORIAL OFFERS EVENING HOURS FOR MAMMOGRAM SERVICES

An IU Health White Memorial Hospital Release

Indiana University Health White Memorial is now offering extended hours for screening mammograms until 6 pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday.

Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. A mammography exam called a mammogram, or mammo for short, aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. As women, we often focus on others rather than on ourselves.  October is the time to remind us that we have to be healthy too,” stated Mary Minier, president of IU Health White Memorial Hospital. “We want to remove any barriers women may have that prevent them from having their screening mammogram.”

The American Cancer Society recommends women between the ages of 40 and 45 years old have a baseline screening mammogram and then an annual mammogram after age 45. Women 55 years and older may switch to mammograms every two years or can continue yearly screening.  Breast cancer is the second most common cancer in women in the U.S., second only to skin cancer.

Mammography remains the gold standard for screening for early-stage breast cancer. Digital mammography allows the radiologist to capture and manipulate the images so abnormalities can be seen more easily. For example, in women with dense fibrocystic breast tissue, their breast tissue appears white on a mammogram. Complicating this is that tumors are also white. But with digital mammograms the radiologist can manipulate the contrasts of the images, making them darker or lighter, allowing for the masses to be identified. The images can also be enlarged on the computer to focus on areas of concern.

Digital mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by electronics that convert x-rays into mammographic pictures of the breast. These systems are similar to those found in digital cameras and their efficiency enables better pictures with a lower radiation dose. These images of the breast are transferred to a computer for review by the radiologist and for long-term storage. The patient’s experience during a digital mammogram is similar to having a conventional film mammogram.

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