Because breast cancer is the second most frequently occurring cancer in women, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne is dedicated to providing quality mammography services for area women.
An X-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer, screening mammography is the single most effective method for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, according to the American Cancer Society. Texas Health Cleburne offers Computer Aided Detection (CAD) for mammography, which assists radiologists in detecting characteristics of breast cancer. The ImageChecker® by R2 Technologies is computer-aided detection software that could result in earlier detection of cancerous cells.
Beginning at age 40, all women are encouraged to have an annual clinical breast exam and screening mammogram. A woman who is at higher than average risk for breast cancer should begin screening even earlier. Because every woman has different risk factors, talk to your doctor about the screening schedule that's right for you. A mammogram requires a physician referral. To schedule a screening mammogram, call 817-556-5400.
A diagnostic mammogram is an X-ray of the breast used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, thickening, nipple discharge or a change in breast size or shape. The role of this procedure is to evaluate breast tissue for any unusual findings that may have been felt by the patient or the physician or found on a routine screening mammogram.
Conducted in the same manner as a screening mammogram, a diagnostic mammogram may be necessary if it is difficult to obtain a clear X-ray with a screening mammogram because of special circumstances, such as the presence of breast implants. The suspicious area can be magnified to produce a more detailed picture, helping radiologists on the medical staff make an accurate diagnosis.
Mammograms are a Must!
In support of the early detection of breast cancer, no-cost screening mammograms are available at for Johnson County women who have no health insurance, no diagnosed breast health problems and match a low-income financial profile. Diagnostic follow-up mammograms and sonograms are also available as needed. Combined with an educational focus in the community by a nurse outreach worker, Mammograms are a Must! has provided hundreds of women with no-cost mammograms and diagnostic support. The program is funded by the Friends of Texas Health Cleburne committee. For more information, call 817-556-5400, option 1.