Niki Olson, RT(R)(M)(CT), is the Mammography Coordinator and Lead CT Technologist at Upland Hills Health. She is registered in Mammography, CT and Xray and has been part of the Upland Hills Health Imaging Department for more than 25 years.
It’s October, so I’m sure you’ve noticed that everything has turned pink. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer for women, only behind skin cancer. But the good news is that it’s also a highly treatable cancer, especially if it’s found early.
Why mammography is important
A mammogram is a digital x-ray picture of the breasts. Regular mammograms are the best tests doctors have to find breast cancer early, sometimes years before it can be felt as a lump.
Most hospitals use digital technology in mammography, so the exposure to radiation is minimal, with the benefits of identifying an early breast cancer far outweighing the risks of the x-ray.
How to get a mammogram scheduled
Setting up an appointment for a mammogram is very easy. Visit your doctor or advanced care practitioner and request a referral for a mammogram. If you have a preferred hospital where you want to have your mammogram done, be bold and ask for a referral to that hospital–be sure to check with your insurance provider to make sure they cover a mammogram at that hospital.
You should then get a call from the scheduling department at the facility you requested to set up your appointment. Mammogram appointments take about a half hour on average, so plan for that when setting your appointment time.
We’ve got you covered, right here in Dodgeville.
Easy appointment scheduling.
We offer mammogram appointments until 6 p.m.
We offer all digital mammography, including the option of 3D mammography, as well as breast MRIs, which is hard to find in a rural hospital.
Every technologist at Upland Hills Health that performs mammograms is a registered mammography tech, a step above a certified mammography tech.
Our facility is American College of Radiology (ACR) certified in Mammography, Computed Tomography (adult and pediatric) and MRI, which allows us to partner with a larger number of insurance providers, to provide care for more patients.