Marshfield Clinic Offering Mobile Mammography Screenings

Marshfield Clinic Press Release

Marshfield Clinic’s Mobile Screening Unit delivers state-of-the-art breast cancer and bone density screenings monthly to rural Wisconsin residents whom otherwise would not have easy access to the services.

Providing that type of critical access to mammograms could save lives. For the past two decades, national breast cancer death rates have dropped, possibly due to earlier disease detection and improved treatment options. More than 230,000 women in the United States were expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011, an American Cancer Society report said.

Marshfield Clinic’s Mobile Screening Unit will offer digital mammography and digital bone density screenings in March at the following locations:

Marshfield Clinic Arcadia Center, 945 S. Dettloff Drive, Arcadia (digital mammography and digital bone density). For an appointment call 608-323-1500.

Monday, March 4 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic Bloomer Center, 1711 York St., Bloomer (digital mammography and digital bone density). For an appointment call 715-568-6220.

Tuesday, March 5 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic Cadott Center, 305 S. Highway 27, Cadott (digital mammography and bone density). For an appointment, call 715-289-3102.

Monday, March 4 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (digital mammography)
Tuesday, March 19 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic Cornell Center, 600 Woodside Ave., Cornell (digital mammography and bone density). For an appointment, call 715-239-6344.

Wednesday, March 20 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic Elk Mound Center, 112 Independence Drive, Elk Mound (digital mammography and digital bone density). For an appointment call 715-879-1210.

Friday, March 15 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic Hayward Center, 10212 North Greenwood Lane, Hayward (digital mammography). For an appointment, call 715-634-6520.

Monday, March 11 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Marshfield Clinic Menomonie Center, 3603 Schneider Ave., Menomonie (digital mammography and bone density). For an appointment, call 715-233-6400.

Wednesday, March 6 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday, March 18 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (digital mammography)
Marshfield Clinic Osseo Center, 13029 Ninth St., Osseo (digital mammography and digital bone density). For an appointment call 715-597-3131

Thursday, March 7 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

“Screening mammography is important because it’s the first line of defense in the fight against breast cancer. Early detection is the key to successful treatment,” said Myron Gadke, Mobile Services manager. “Marshfield Clinic believes it’s important to provide mobile mammography services because many women we see would not have access close to home to mammograms or bone density screenings.”

Marshfield Clinic’s two digital mobile mammography units provide state-of-the-art mammograms to women in Wisconsin. The units feature digital imaging equipment and computer-aided detection for precise integration of image data. This equipment allows for the best possible image, less patient discomfort and efficient data transfer to physicians across the Clinic system, which leads to faster mammography exam interpretation. In addition, the newest unit provides bone density screening for osteoporosis.

During one-on-one mammography screening, licensed and certified female technicians from Marshfield Clinic conduct a thorough medical history, answer questions and perform an exam.

Screening is open to anyone, but advance appointments are required.

For patients with health insurance or Medicare, the mammogram costs will be billed to their health insurance provider. For financial assistance for a screening mammogram, call the Marshfield Clinic Patient Assistance staff at 715-389-4475 to see if you qualify.

These screenings are made possible by a grant from Furniture & Appliance Mart and the Fonti family.

The Catherine Fonti Breast Cancer Angel Fund was established by the Fonti family in honor of Catherine, who had breast cancer. Its purpose is to assist women who cannot afford mammograms. The fund is supported by the annual Fore a Cure golf event, which is held in Wausau and organized by the Fonti family and Furniture & ApplianceMart. Proceeds from this event also helped purchase the Clinic’s first Mobile Mammography Unit. Additional contributors to the Catherine Fonti Breast Cancer Angel Fund include Pink Heart of Wisconsin and The Sports Den in Marshfield, which held a raffle during its annual bike ride to raise money for this cause.

Marshfield Clinic’s first digital mobile mammography unit entered service in 2007. At the time, it was the first digital mammography unit operating in the Midwest. Major supporters for the first mobile mammography unit included Security Health Plan, Furniture & ApplianceMart and the Green Bay Packers.

The second unit began operations in December 2009. Funding for the second digital mobile mammography unit came from the federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) though the assistance of the Family Health Center of Marshfield, Inc., and U.S. Rep. Dave Obey. Additional donors included Furniture & ApplianceMart and other caring members of the community.