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three women smiling A screening mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Usually two or three views (pictures) are taken of each breast.

While mammograms are not perfect, according to the American Cancer Society, they are considered to be the best tool to find cancers of the breast very early.

Advances in mammography, including the invention of FDA-approved digital mammography, can be credited with detecting 80 percent to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms.

This is particularly effective in screening women who are under age 50, or women of any age who have dense breasts.

This is due to digital mammography’s ability to take an electronic image of the breast and store it directly in a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation.

  • Who should have a mammogram?
    • Women over 40 should talk with their health care provider on when the best time is to begin annual mammograms.
    • For women with a strong family history of breast cancer, a mammogram may be ordered at an earlier age.
  • What should I know about breast self-exam?
  • Breast self-exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by their health care provider, preferably every three years.

    Any woman experiencing any breast changes should share that with their health care professional right away.

  • Know Your Risk
    • With breast cancer screening guidelines changing all the time, it can be tough to know what screenings to have or what level of risk you may be at.

    Both our online health risk assessment and our in-person high risk assessment are great ways to come up with a plan of action that is right for you.

  • 3D mammography
  • Mammogram videl modal

    With conventional digital mammography, the radiologist is viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image. Sometimes breast tissue can overlap, giving the illusion of normal breast tissue looking like an abnormal area.

    By looking at the breast tissue in 1 millimeter slices, the radiologist can provide a more confident assessment. 

    In this way, 3D mammography may find cancers missed with conventional 2D mammography.

    Also known as breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.

    Radiologists are reporting that tomosynthesis technology gives them increased confidence with a significant reduction in recall rates.

Options for scheduling your mammogram

You can now self-schedule your screening mammogram online for a time that fits your busy life. Simply click on “Schedule Online” next to the area where you live and follow the online prompts. You can also call to schedule your screening mammogram by calling the number for the area where you live.

Location Phone Number Schedule
Alton Area (618) 474-4606 Schedule Online
Bloomington Area
Now offering Saturday appointments from 8 a.m. to noon.
(309) 661-5160 Schedule Online
Danville (217) 443-5273 Schedule Online
Escanaba Area (906) 786-3311 Schedule Online
Evergreen Park
OSF Little Company of Mary 
Hours 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Late hours Thursday until 7 p.m.

Evergreen Park
(708) 499-8550

Oak Lawn
(708) 974-7600

Schedule Online
Galesburg
Walk-in hours from 12 to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday and every third Saturday from 8 to 11 a.m.

(309) 344-3161 x5454

Schedule Online
Kewanee
Walk-in hours from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. every Wednesday. 
(309) 852-7550 Schedule Online
Mendota
Saturday appointments available
(815) 538-7206 Schedule Online

Monmouth
Walk-in hours from 1 to 4 p.m. every Wednesday. 
Weekend appointments also available every third Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

(309) 734-1446 Schedule Online
Morton (309) 683-5522 Schedule Online
Ottawa Area
Weekend appointments available
(815) 431-5471 Schedule Online
Peoria Area (309) 683-5522 Schedule Online
Peoria
OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center
Now offering walk-in hours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Wednesday    
(309) 683-5522
Location Details
Schedule Online
Pontiac Area (815) 842-4931 Schedule Online
Rockford Area (815) 395-5444 Schedule Online
Streator (815) 673-4517 Schedule Online
Urbana Area (217) 337-2302 Schedule Online

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