Marshfield Clinic offers mobile mammography screenings in January
Marshfield Clinic’s Mobile Screening Unit delivers state-of-the-art breast cancer and bone density screenings monthly to rural Wisconsin residents whom otherwise would not have easy access to the services.
Providing that type of critical access to mammograms could save lives. For the past two decades, national breast cancer death rates have dropped, possibly due to earlier disease detection and improved treatment options. More than 230,000 women in the U.S. are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, according to American Cancer Society estimates.
Marshfield Clinic’s Mobile Screening Unit will offer digital mammography and digital bone density screenings in January at the following locations:
The unit will be: at the Marshfield Clinic Eagle River Center, 500 Commerce Loop, Eagle River (digital mammography). Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 715-479-0400; Marshfield Clinic Mercer Center, 5110 N. Highway 51, Mercer (digital mammography and bone density) Friday, Jan. 17 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Friday, Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (mammography). For an appointment, call 715-476-2345; Marshfield Clinic Phillips Center, 104 Trinity Drive, Phillips (digital mammography and bone density), Friday, Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (mammography), Thursday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 21 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For an appointment, call 715-339-2101.
“Screening mammography is important because it’s the first line of defense in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection is the key to successful treatment,” Myron Gadke, Mobile Services manager, said. “Marshfield Clinic believes it’s important to provide mobile mammography services because many women we see would not have access close to home to mammograms.”
Marshfield Clinic’s three digital mobile mammography units provide state-of-the-art mammograms to women in Wisconsin. The units feature digital imaging equipment and computer-aided detection for precise integration of image data. This equipment allows for the best possible image, less patient discomfort and efficient data transfer to physicians across the Clinic system, which leads to faster mammography exam interpretation.
During one-on-one mammography screening, licensed and certified female technicians from Marshfield Clinic conduct a thorough medical history, answer questions and perform an exam.
Screening is open to anyone, but advance appointments are required. Call 715-221-6086 to schedule an appointment. For bone density screenings, contact a provider to check eligiblity.
For patients with health insurance or Medicare, the mammogram costs will be billed to their health insurance provider. Patients should check with their insurance to make sure Marshfield Clinic is a network provider. Financial assistance may be available to those that qualify. Call the Marshfield Clinic Patient Assistance staff at 715-389-4475 to see if this is an option.