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The Breast Imaging Department combines mammography with instruction in self-examination to promote early detection of breast cancer. This allows treatment of breast disease at the earliest, most curable stage. Women meeting the American Cancer Society guidelines and without any breast problems can schedule their own screening mammogram appointment.
McFarland Clinic mammograms are not only read by an accredited radiologist, but the images are also analyzed by computer aided detection (CAD). CAD assists the radiologist by giving a computerized second review of your mammograms to draw attention to potential areas of concern.
McFarland Clinic uses the latest and most advanced technology for breast cancer screening and detection. McFarland Clinic is a designated Pink Ribbon Facility recognized for providing excellence in breast health paired with exceptional support of women.
3D and Digital Mammography
Digital 3-D Mammography is available in Ames, Carroll and Marshalltown. 3-D mammography has the potential to detect breast cancer earlier when treatments are most beneficial. Digital Mammography is available in Webster City
Breast Density Scoring
Automated software analyzes mammogram images objectively and consistently and provides the radiologist with breast composition information, including a breast density assessment. A breast density score will now be included in the patient letter following the mammogram screening. The score will range from A (least dense) to D (most dense). Women with dense breast tissue have a greater risk of breast cancer.
Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS)
Targeted for women with dense breast tissue (density score of C or D) or implants, Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound (AWBUS) is an ultrasound examination of both breasts and should be completed annually. This examination is a supplement to annual mammography and can detect cancers unable to be seen with mammography. Ask at your next mammogram if you need this additional test.
Watch the story that aired on WHO-TV 13 about the SonoCine AWBUS>>
Other Breast Imaging service provided by McFarland Clinic providers include the following:
- breast ultrasounds
- breast MRIs
- stereotactic breast biopsy
- ultrasound guided breast biopsy
- MRI guided breast biopsies
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