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Mammography: Powerful Detection Explained

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), approximately one in eight American women will develop breast cancer during the course of her lifetime. That one woman could be a friend, a family member — or even you.

Breast cancer, when found in the earliest stages, is highly treatable through minimally invasive methods, according to the ACS. Mammography, available at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Winnsboro, is the top recommended screening for early breast cancer detection.

“Screening is important because we can find any potential concern long before it can be detected during a breast self-exam,” explains Rita Johnson, A.R.R.T., R.M., manager of radiology at Texas Health Winnsboro. “Mammography, which captures an image of the breast tissue, is easily accessible at Texas Health Winnsboro.”

Using digital technology, technicians at Texas Health Winnsboro create an image of the breast and search for abnormalities. In order to have an accurate picture of the breasts as they change over the years, Johnson recommends having a baseline screening at age 35, followed by yearly mammograms beginning at age 40.

“Women do not need a physician referral to schedule a mammogram — they can simply call us or visit our Web site,” Johnson says. “Because we have a picture archiving and communication system (PACS) available, we can quickly and easily send images to Dallas for interpretation by skilled radiologists, eliminating the need for travel.”

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram, call 903-342-3980. To learn more about imaging services at Texas Health Winnsboro, visit

(Fall/Winter 2009)

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