Phillips County Health Systems is seeing a Trending Increase in Mammogram Exams!
The number of mammography studies done at PCHS increased by a total of 35% in the first year and has continued that trend with an overall 77.6% growth of the program since bringing it in-house in 2018.
In October of 2022, the 2D mammography technology was upgraded to 3D technology. Since the upgrade, the number of mammography studies done in Phillipsburg has grown significantly compared to previous trending numbers of October, November, and December. A new record has been set for the number of mammograms performed in one month in Phillips County. By offering better technology and services such as 3D Mammography, PCHS continues to raise the standards of rural healthcare for the community.
“Annual mammogram screenings are key to saving lives and maximizing the success of treatment with the best possible outcomes. Mammography is the gold standard in breast screening technology for preventive care and early detection,” said Katie Van Allen, board-certified and PCHS-dedicated breast imaging technologist. “We offer convenient, confidential care with mammogram technology equal to what is found in the bigger hospitals so patients don’t have to travel.”
Most insurance plans cover annual preventive 3D mammogram imaging services, including Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance. However, if you don’t have insurance there is a “Free to Know” program that allows every woman the opportunity to receive a free mammogram. The Phillips County Medical Clinic and Phillips County Health Department are both well-versed in helping women gain access to this program, so please talk to your medical provider about it if you are interested. The American Cancer Society recommends that women ages 40 and over receive annual breast cancer screenings with mammograms.
A referral or physician’s order is not needed for a screening 3D mammogram. If you would like to schedule a mammogram or have additional questions, call the Phillips County Health Systems’ Radiology Department at 785-540-4930.