Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, Elgin

Time for your annual mammogram? We’re here to make it easy.

We know you understand the importance of early detection in fighting cancer. Screening mammograms are your best line of defense against breast cancer and are recommended for all women age 40 and older by the American Cancer Society.

The comprehensive Breast Center at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital provides the latest and most accurate screening and diagnostic capabilities in a warm and welcoming environment.

Our goal is to make getting your annual mammogram as easy and stress-free as possible. A highly skilled and compassionate team of experts helps you experience your breast care journey with the most advanced level of care at every stage.

 

Mammograms at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital: Why Choose Us

  • Your breast health is a top priority at Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. Women prefer mammograms at our comprehensive breast center because of our skills, capabilities and technology.
  • We provide the latest and most accurate diagnostic screening methods that can detect potential malignancies at the earliest stages possible.
  • Our mammography units are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR) after meeting the highest standards.
  • All of our radiologists are board-certified physicians.
  • Our radiologic technologists are ACR-accredited.
  • We use mammograms to detect breast cancer and also to perform more advanced diagnostic procedures such as stereotactic breast biopsies.
  • If problems are detected, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital Bob & Edna Meadow's Regional Cancer Care Center offers the full continuum of breast care treatment.
  • We also provide bone mineral density testing, using quick and painless dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) to diagnose osteopenia and osteoporosis.

 

Breast Care Services at Presence Saint Joseph

  • Mammography: A low-dose breast X-ray that identifies abnormalities and aids in the diagnosis of breast diseases in women. Mammography plays a central part in the early detection of cancer because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before they can be felt.
    • Routine screening mammography should be obtained annually beginning at the age of 40.
    • A diagnostic mammogram is for women who currently have a problem such as lump, new pain in the breast or nipple discharge, or patients who had an abnormality found at their last screening mammogram.
  • Digital mammography: An advanced imaging technology noted for its ability to emphasize contrasts and identify abnormalities that may not be as visible on traditional film mammography. It can be particularly beneficial for women with dense or thick breasts, women under age 50, and pre- and peri-menopausal women. Digital mammography benefits you in other ways as well, including:
    • Less exposure to radiation: The radiation dose can be reduced up to 50% with digital mammography and still detect breast cancer.
    • Reduced exam time: This results in shorter examination times and significantly improved patient comfort and convenience.
    • CAD - a built-in "second opinion": Digital mammography is used in conjunction with a computer-aided detection system - often referred to as a second opinion - that identifies potential concerns even before the radiologist views the results.
    • Digital images are easily stored and quickly retrieved: Transmission of images from one physician to another is fast and easy.
  • Stereotactic breast biopsy: When a biopsy is needed, stereotactic core breast biopsy is an accurate, minimally invasive way to retrieve questionable tissue. Digital spot view mammography allows for faster and more accurate stereotactic biopsies. Using the visual coordinates taken from a mammogram, a computer guides the biopsy needle to the precise location and collects several samples. The examination requires only local anesthesia. In many instances, stereotactic breast biopsies avoid the need for surgery.

 

Contact Us

If you have questions or would like to schedule your mammogram, call 847.888.5465.