Early detection of breast cancer with screening mammography means that treatment can be started earlier. It also means your chances of survival are higher. The Parkview Cancer Institute helps to make screening mammography available to all women through our partnership with Francine’s Friends and the Breast Diagnostic Center.
What is a mammogram?
Mammography is a simple, quick, non-invasive screening test used in the prevention and early detection of breast cancer. The procedure uses low-dose digital imaging to safely create images of the breast tissue. Radiologists read the images to determine whether cancer is present. Because of new technology available at the Breast Diagnostic Center, you now have your choice of traditional 2D mammography or latest 3D mammography that can be used for screening and diagnosis.
What is a 3D mammography breast exam?
3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic tool designed for early breast cancer detection that can be done in conjunction with a traditional 2D digital mammogram.
During the 3D part of the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over your breast, taking multiple breast images. Then, a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, providing greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail in a way never before possible. They can scroll through images of your entire breast like pages of a book.
The additional 3D images make it possible for a radiologist to gain a better understanding of your breast tissue during screening and the confidence to reduce the need for follow-up imaging.
Why is there a need for 3D mammography breast exams? What are the benefits?
With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area.
By looking at the breast tissue in one-millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. In this way, 3D mammography finds cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography. It also means there is less chance your doctor will call you back later for a “second look,” because now they can see breast tissue more clearly.
How are 3D and 2D mammography breast exams different for me?
As far as your experience, they are not different. The difference is seen from the doctors' perspective because the technology provides them with a more detailed view. 3D mammography complements standard 2D mammography and is performed at the same time with the same system. There is no additional compression required, and it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
Watch this short video to learn more about 3D mammography
3D tomography allows doctors to detect more breast cancers than traditional mammograms. In addition, this technology has found 40 percent more breast cancers and has reduced the number of false positives.
What should I know before getting a mammogram?
Women have different types of breast tissue. Breasts are made up of a mixture of fibrous and glandular tissue and fatty tissue. Your breasts are considered dense if you have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue, but not much fat. Having dense breast tissue may increase your risk of getting breast cancer.
Why is breast density important?
Dense breasts make it more difficult for doctors to spot cancer on mammograms. Dense tissue appears white on a mammogram. Lumps, both benign and cancerous, also appear white. So, mammograms can be less accurate in women with dense breasts.
How do I know if I have dense breasts?
Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram. There are four categories of mammographic density. The radiologist assigns each mammogram to one of the categories. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you have dense breasts based on where you fall on the density scale.
- Almost entirely fatty
- Scattered areas of fibroglandular density
- Heterogeneously dense
- Extremely dense
If I have dense breasts, do I still need a mammogram?
Yes. A mammogram is the only medicial imaging screening test proven to reduce breast cancer deaths. Many cancers are seen on mammograms even if you have dense breast tissue.
Where can I schedule a screening?
Throughout the region
High-quality digital mammograms are available at each of our community hospitals. To schedule an appointment at any of them, call (877) 225-5747.
High-quality digital mammography is available at three Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) locations. The BDC is a partnership between Parkview and FWRadiology. Mammograms are also available on the Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography Coach.
Breast Diagnostic Center Locations
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, Friday
Saturday appointments are also available.
Appointments are preferred and can be made by calling (260)266-8120 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or click here to request an appointment.
The Breast Diagnostic Center has two convenient locations:
3707 New Vision Drive
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46845
2110 Carew Street
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography
Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach, in partnership with Francine’s Friends, Parkview Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Breast Diagnostic Center, makes getting a mammogram quick, easy and convenient throughout northeast Indiana.
The Francine’s Friends Mobile Mammography coach brings high-quality, life-saving mammography screening to your neighborhood or workplace.
The interior of the 40-foot-long motor coach is designed for complete privacy. Radiologic technologists from the Breast Diagnostic Center (BDC) staff the coach, which is furnished with the same FDA-approved and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-approved equipment as the twohree stationary sites of the BDC. A mammogram takes only 15 minutes. Board-certified breast-imaging radiologists from FWRadiology interpret the exams. The mobile mammography coach is available at various times and locations.
View the schedule for the mobile mammography coach for a location near you.
Who are Francine’s Friends?
Francine’s Friends is a group of local businesswomen and community leaders. Their mission is to make early detection of breast cancer available to every woman in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area. Their vision is to increase cancer screenings in northeast Indiana by providing a highly accessible and visible community resource.
Francine’s Friends want to offer life-saving services to women who might otherwise be unable to receive them because of financial or transportation issues.
Francine’s Friends raised the funds to purchase a mobile mammography coach for our community and continues to raise funds each year to help support mammograms for uninsured women on the coach.
In partnership with Parkview and the Breast Diagnostic Center to battle breast cancer, their efforts addresses an identified need among the women in our area.
Who can participate?
- Women ages 40 and older and have not had a mammogram in the past 12 months
- Women who are not currently experiencing problems with their breasts
- Women who are insured or uninsured
Many insurance plans are accepted, and funding is available to cover expenses for women who do not have sufficient financial resources.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule a mammogram, call (260) 483-1847.