Breast imaging

Breast health - important self care

At UW Health our breast imaging team provides state-of-the-art imaging of the breasts for screening and diagnostic services.
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Overview

What is breast imaging

Breast health is an important part of every women’s health care and through breast imaging we provide routine breast exams as well as provide more advanced and diagnostic imaging services.

Mammography

Screening mammography

A screening mammogram is used to detect breast changes in patients who have no symptoms and is the best detection for finding early cancer. Digital tomosynthesis (DBT) is used at all UW Health locations. All women should talk to their doctor about when to have their first mammogram especially if they are at high risk.

Your mammogram appointment will take about 30 minutes.

A specially trained radiology technologist takes images of your breasts. The technologist places each breast between two smooth flat plates. The plates gently compress the breast to get the highest quality images. The pressure might be slightly uncomfortable. Compression lasts less than 20 seconds.

A radiologist views and interprets your breast images on a computer monitor.

At UW Health, we recommend these guidelines if you are at average risk for breast cancer. If you are at high risk, please contact our PATHS clinic.

Age 40-49: Talk with your doctor at age 40. Understand your breast cancer risks. Know your preferences for breast cancer screening. Consider a screening mammogram every one to two years.

Age 50-74: Get a screening mammogram every one to two years.

Age 75 and older: Consider a screening mammogram every one to two years, based on your doctor’s recommendations.

Diagnostic mammography

Diagnostic mammography is designed for women with symptoms or to obtain further information after screening or as a recommendation for short-term follow-up by a radiologist. A diagnostic mammogram can be used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. This mammogram is obtained with a focused view taken of the area of clinical concern.

A diagnostic mammogram involves one or more special mammogram images taken from different angles. These allow detailed evaluation of an area of the breast. This test is often used for one of two reasons: a new clinical finding or an abnormal screening mammogram.

Types of breast imaging

In addition to mammography, we use a variety of tools and technologies to screen, detect and diagnose breast cancer. If cancer is suspected, these tests help our doctors further investigate to understand the type of cancer, as well as determine the stage and location of the cancer.

Types of breast imaging

Breast ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at the inside of your breasts. It can help find breast problems. It also shows how well blood is flowing to areas in your breasts. This test is often used when a change has been seen on a mammogram or when a change is felt, but does not show up on a mammogram.

Breast ultrasound (diagnostic only)

When breast cancer is suspected, a biopsy will be recommended. A biopsy is a tissue sample of the area of concern that will be sent for testing. Prior to the biopsy, images will be taken to determine location. A sample is taken and a clip will be used to mark the location for future mammograms or surgery.

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast. A breast MRI captures multiple images of your breast. These images are combined, using a computer, to create detailed pictures.

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Dr. Roberta Strigel explains the tools providers use to screen women who are at an average risk of developing breast cancer.

Schedule

How to schedule

Screening mammograms

There are three ways to schedule a screening mammogram:

UW Health MyChart users can schedule screening mammograms online through their MyChart account.

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Contact your primary care provider and they can assist you with scheduling a screening mammogram.

Contact one of the following UW Health locations to schedule a mammogram.

UW Health Mammogram Locations

Diagnostic mammograms

If you are asked to have diagnostic mammogram pictures following a screening mammogram, a UW Health staff member will contact you to schedule the appropriate appointments.

Additional resources

PriceLine can provide information regarding breast imaging exams. Call (608) 263-1507

Well Women Program can assist patients without insurance coverage for screening mammograms. Call (608) 266-8311

UW Health's PATHS Clinic can assist women who have an advance risk of breast cancer with a personalized screening plan.

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Second opinion
The confidence you need

At UW Health, we know how scary a breast cancer diagnosis can be. We want you to feel comfortable about your diagnosis and find the best therapy for you. Through a second opinion, you may also learn about new treatment options and find new hope.

Our team

The breast imaging team

The breast imaging team at UW Health includes radiologists who are experts in all areas of imaging.

Locations

Locations

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  • University Hospital - Breast Center
    • 600 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 266-6400
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  • 1 S. Park Clinic - Mammography
    • 1 S. Park St. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2050
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  • DeForest-Windsor Clinic - X-rays and Mammography
    • 4131 Meridian Dr. / Windsor, WI
    • (608) 846-3741
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  • East Clinic - Mammography
    • 5249 E. Terrace Dr. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-1260
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  • Odana Atrium Clinic - Mammography
    • 5618 Odana Rd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 287-2050
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  • Union Corners Clinic - Mammography
    • 2402 Winnebago Street / Madison, WI
    • (608) 245-6122
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  • West Clinic - Mammography
    • 451 Junction Rd. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 265-7539
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  • Yahara Clinic - X-rays and Mammography
    • 1050 East Broadway / Monona, WI
    • (608) 222-8779
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UW Health Breast Center

Our expert team of doctors and other healthcare professionals cares for more than 850 new breast cancer patients and more than 3,000 survivors each year. We also care for many patients with non-cancerous breast conditions and those who are at high risk for getting breast cancer. This wide variety of breast care gives our Breast Center team a level of experience that is unsurpassed in Wisconsin and the region.

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