2D and 3D breast exams
Catching breast cancer early leads to the most success in treatment. However, in the early stages, breast cancer usually has no noticeable signs, and the only way it can be detected is through mammography. That’s why an annual mammogram is such an important part of overall preventive health care.
Mammography involves taking an X-ray of the breast tissue. This image is called a mammogram and is used to screen for breast cancer and cysts. Digital mammography is most beneficial for women over 40, those with dense breasts of any age and women who are pre- and perimenopausal.
2D and 3D Mammography
Where a 2D mammogram takes only two pictures of each breast, a 3D mammogram takes 15. This provides a three-dimensional image, making any abnormalities easier to identify. Due to the increased amount of pictures, 3D mammography also reduces the number of callbacks for additional pictures and is proven to detect more-invasive breast cancers sooner.
3D mammography is available at the following St. Luke's locations:
- St. Luke's Breast Center
- St. Luke's Chequamegon Clinic
- Lake View Medical Clinic
- Mariner Medical Clinic
- Hibbing Family Medical Clinic
- Laurentian Medical Clinic
Call any of these clinics to schedule a mammogram.
Waiting for Results
Waiting for the results of a mammogram can be scary. However, many times they are not cancerous even if there are abnormal findings. St. Luke's is dedicated to providing a diagnosis as quickly as possible, so women can get back to their normal lives.
If something abnormal is spotted, you may be called back in for an MRI, ultrasound or biopsy to investigate further.
Breast Health Throughout a Woman’s Life
Breast health is important throughout all the stages of a woman's life. Doing a self-exam once a month will help you know what's normal for your breasts. If you ever notice something out of the ordinary such as breast lumps, abnormal pain or nipple discharge, contact St. Luke's Comprehensive Breast Program at 218.249.2662.
Your medical and family history will help determine what breast screening schedule is right for you. Talking with your primary care or OBGYN provider can help determine your schedule for clinical breast exams, mammograms and breast ultrasounds.
St. Luke’s does not require a referral for this service. To see if
your insurance company requires one, call the number on your card.
This service is available at these locations.