Mammography Services

Our Breast and Bone Density Center at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare provides technologies that include mammography, ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound guided aspirations and biopsies, galactography, needle localizations and minimally invasive, image-guided surgical technology for biopsy and lumpectomies.

Mammograms can be scheduled at any one of our three convenient locations by calling 319-272-7080.

Covenant Comprehensive Breast Center in Waterloo:
Monday-Friday 7:00-5:00

Sartori Memorial Hospital in Cedar Falls
Monday-Friday 7:30-4:00

Mercy Hospital in Oelwein
Monday-Friday 8:00-4:00

The radiologists at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare believe an individual shouldn’t have to wait a week or even days for their results. Radiologists are available on-site at Covenant Medical Center’s Breast and Bone Density Center to interpret films and address any additional diagnostic testing needed.

What is Mammography?

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Three advances in mammography include digital mammography and computer-aided detection.

3D Mammography

Digital mammography
, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM), is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by solid-state detectors that convert x-rays into electrical signals. These detectors are similar to those found in digital cameras. The electrical signals are used to produce images of the breast that can be seen on a computer screen or printed on special film similar to conventional mammograms. From the patient's point of view, having a digital mammogram is essentially the same as having a conventional film screen mammogram.

Computer-aided detection (CAD) systems use a digitized mammographic image that can be obtained from either a conventional film mammogram or a digitally acquired mammogram. The computer software then searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.

Learn more about the Comprehensive Breast Center and the services provided.

Selecting a breast care program for prevention, screening and care is important, and we want you to feel comfortable with the staff and physicians. If you have any questions about Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare’s breast health program, please contact us today at 319-272-7080.