OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Digital Mammography: 2D and 3D

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center offers 2D and 3D digital mammography.

Mammography can detect breast cancer at an early stage, when treatment is more effective and a cure is more likely. Advances in mammography, including the invention of FDA-approved digital mammography, can be accredited with detecting 80 to 90 percent of breast cancers in women without symptoms. 

Our 3D mammography services, when combined with a conventional 2D mammography, results in earlier cancer detection than conventional 2D mammography alone.

While film mammography has been effective in early detection of breast cancer for more than 35 years, a recent study, called the Digital Mammographic Screening Trial, shows digital mammography is significantly more 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.

Schedule a Digital Mammogram

Can't find the time to get a mammogram? It's time to make it. Did you know getting a lifesaving mammogram only take about 10 minutes?

At any of our OSF St. Joseph locations, we promise you a comfortable atmosphere, highly trained physicians, and excellent support programs. Mammography services are conveniently located throughout Bloomington-Normal.

Who Should Get a Mammogram?

The American Cancer Society's recommendations for early breast cancer detection are:

  • Women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health. Women at high risk should get an MRI and a mammogram every year.
  • Women in their 20s and 30s should have a clinical breast exam (CBE) as part of a periodic (regular) health exam by a health professional, preferably every three years. After age 40, women should have a breast exam by a health professional every year.
  • Breast self exam (BSE) is an option for women starting in their 20s. Women should report any breast changes to their health professional right away.