The FHN Women's Diagnostic Center inside FHN Memorial Hospital in Freeport offers digital mammography - and much more. We offer testing, consultation and support all in one location, as well as treatment close to home at The Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital. This kind of complete service is not available from any other healthcare organization in our area.
Digital mammography is faster and gives more accurate readings for women under 50, women with dense breast tissue and women who are nearing menopause. Digital files also make it easier for our experts to read your mammogram, which can result in fewer retests, and these files can easily be stored and sent wherever necessary.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses high-powered magnets to produce detailed images and gives us an additional tool to investigate abnormalities found by digital mammography or ultrasound. This test can help us identify if cancer has spread and has also proven useful in screening women who are at high risk for breast cancer.
Digital bone densitometry lets us measure the density of a patient's bones to assess his or her risk of developing osteoporosis. Our bones change as we age, so digital densitometry equipment helps us keep track of each patient's bone health.
When a lump is found in a patient's breast, a biopsy - the removal of cells for examination - is usually one of the first diagnostic tests we perform. The FHN Women's Diagnostic Center offers minimally invasive Mammotome biopsy, an outpatient procedure that requires local anesthetic, a single incision and no stitches.
The biopsy is done in the Women's Diagnostic Center by a radiologist. In a stereotactic biopsy, the radiologist uses x-ray technology to visualize and guide the biopsy needle.
In an ultrasound-guided biopsy, the radiologist uses sound-wave ultrasound technology to visualize and guide the biopsy needle.
Both procedures cause little discomfort, and you may resume daily activities right after the procedure.
The Women's Diagnostic Center was designed with the comfort and privacy of our patients in mind. Comfortable shawls, cozy rooms where patients change and are tested and private hallways combine to create a serene, home-like atmosphere.
If a woman needs to undergo further testing after a routine mammogram, she will work with our patient navigator. The patient navigator serves as the patient's advocate and educator, coordinating testing and care and helping to support the patient and her loved ones. The patient navigator also serves as the point person for the patient's healthcare team, coordinating the recommendations of numerous specialists to help the patient make the best, most informed choices about her care.
FHN was the first in the area to offer no-appointment walk-in mammograms many years ago on Walk-In Wednesdays, and we expanded that to Thursdays, too. So many women took advantage of this option that sometimes there were waiting times, which defeated the idea of getting in and out quickly.
With one call to 815-599-6860, we can set up a time that's just right for you. We guarantee you'll have it arranged before you hang up the phone, even if you need to come in within a day or two. And if you do still want to just walk in, our walk-in hours will continue from 1-4 p.m. each Wednesday afternoon.
Let us make our calendar your calendar: Call today to eliminate the possibility of any waiting time, and get this important screening done on YOUR timetable!