They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but one may be more valuable when it comes to your health. Medical images captured by 2-D and 3-D mammography can be the first step to diagnosing and treating breast cancer. These images give physicians precise and powerful information that often boost the likelihood of a full recovery.
Breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancer in women. According to the American Cancer Society, one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Studies show that early detection of breast cancer can improve the chances for successful treatment and increase a patient’s chance for survival. Because of this, it is recommended that women over the age of 40 have an annual mammogram to watch for any changes to the breast.
At Wilson Medical Center’s Outpatient Imaging Center, we offer 2-D and 3-D mammography, breast ultrasounds and on-site stereotactic breast biopsies. 3-D mammography is an advanced, clinically proven technology designed for early breast cancer detection. We’re proud to offer self-requesting mammography, which means that you do not need a physician’s order to schedule a mammogram. We also provide same-day results and accept walk-ins from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
Our mission is making communities healthier. One way we can do this is by bringing quality care close to home. This includes the offering of recommended screening and diagnostic mammograms, breast ultrasounds and on-site breast biopsies, as well as educating our community about recommendations and screening procedures. Breast cancer, if caught early, can be successfully treated and managed.
You can learn more about our services and meet our staff tonight at the Wilson Tobs’ annual event — Paint the Park Pink Night, sponsored by Outpatient Imaging Center. The game starts at 7 p.m. and a pink jersey auction will benefit the Wilson Community Health Department’s breast cancer program. Come out and support this community event, and we hope to see you there sporting your pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
To learn more about Wilson Medical Center outpatient imaging services, visit wilsonmedical.com or call 252-399-7438. If you’d like to schedule your mammogram, call 252-399-8900 today.
Lisa Skinner is the radiology services manager at Wilson Medical Center.