When it comes to breast health, our goal at Upland Hills Health is to encourage women to be proactive. The services and screenings provided in Dodgeville make it easy and convenient to do, with appointments available until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Each and every patient receives personalized care designed to meet her individual needs.
True Digital Mammography and 3D Mammography are available!
Every radiology technician at Upland Hills Health is a registered mammography technician. Our team receives the highest level of training of any imaging team in southwest Wisconsin.
What should I expect during my 3D mammography exam?
The exam is very similar to having a conventional 2D mammogram. The technologist will position you, compress your breast, and take images from different angles… it only takes a few seconds longer for each view.
The technologist will view the images of your breasts at the computer workstation to ensure quality images have been captures. A radiologist will then examine the images and report the results to your physician, or directly to you.
Why choose 3D?
The 3D exam detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. This means one simple thing… it is more accurate.
It allows doctors to see masses and distortions associated with cancers more clearly than 2D mammography.
With early detection the five-year survival rate is almost 100%.
Will my insurance cover 3D?
Insurance plans are beginning to cover 3D mammography but not all have the coverage in place. Additional fees or charges may apply if your insurance company does not provide coverage for 3D mammography. Talk to your primary care provider about your options and check with your insurance plan for coverage when planning whether you will schedule a 2D or 3D mammography exam.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Upland Hills Health has expanded its health and wellness services available to women with the addition of a mobile stereotactic breast biopsy service and is the only facility in southwest Wisconsin to offer this technology.
This simple and safe procedure is a state-of-the-art system designed to improve the quality, accuracy, and ease of breast biopsies. The system uses advanced computer-assisted technology, known as digital stereotactic localization, to map the precise location of a breast abnormality before a tissue sample is taken for biopsy. Tissue samples are obtained through a very small incision in the skin, minimizing procedure time, and healing time. Stereotactic biopsy offers:
A faster, more cost-effective way to perform this procedure
No general anesthesia
A shorter recovery time
What does this mean to women in Iowa County?
Gregg A. Bogost, M.D., President of Madison Radiologists explained, “Women no longer have to travel to receive this method of breast biopsy, which is considered the most accurate technology available for breast disease diagnosis. It is minimally invasive, requires only local anesthesia with no sutures or operating room procedures.” Lynette Collins, Director of Imaging Services at Upland Hills, said “We are very happy to provide this simple and safe procedure. There is minimal discomfort and this system is highly accurate.
Making Breast Cancer Surgery Easier for Women
Upland Hills Health has adopted the SCOUT® wire-free radar localization system during breast-preserving surgeries. Localization refers to how the tissue that is to be removed is marked in order for the surgeon to locate it.
“For me as a surgeon, and for our patients, the SCOUT system allows for a better overall experience. We get more precise targeting, convenience in scheduling and better outcomes, surgically and cosmetically,” explained Dr. Jared Linebarger, breast surgeon at Upland Hills Health. “This is the best way for me to deliver excellent patient care.”
Prior to SCOUT, the most common approach for localizing breast tumors was wire localization. With wire localization, a radiologist would place a thin, hooked wire through the skin to the tumor location. The surgeon would then use the wire to locate the tumor for removal. This procedure would be done on the day of surgery; because the time between the wire placement and surgery can be several hours, this added procedure can be the cause of added worry, discomfort and a long day at the hospital for patients.
The SCOUT Wire-Free Radar Localization system uses a zero-radiation approach to localizing breast tumors, biopsy sites and lymph nodes and has been clinically proven in multiple studies. SCOUT uses a unique radar signal to detect a tiny reflector—the size of a grain of rice—that can be placed at any time during the course of treatment and at the patient’s convenience. During the surgical procedure, the surgeon scans the breast using the SCOUT Guide to precisely and efficiently locate the reflector to within 1 mm of accuracy.
The ability to precisely locate tumors increases the probability of complete removal and reduces the likelihood of needing follow-up surgeries. In addition, the ability to strategically plan the incision may
result in better cosmetic outcomes. SCOUT is also used to effectively localize lymph nodes and can be used with any type of imaging over the course of a patient’s care.
Call your provider for a referral to Upland Hills Health for mammography. Don’t have a primary provider? We offer family medicine at our clinics in Mount Horeb, Highland, Montfort and Spring Green.