Winneshiek Medical Center provides gifts for mammography patients

Released: 10/09/12

October Mammography Gift
Winneshiek Medical Center Radiology Department is providing the first 200 mammography patients with a special hand-crafted, aroma-therapy gift during the month of October. Pictured, front row from left: Rachel Vorwald, Kris Rasmussen, Christina Elton and Marsha Tollefsrud. Back row from left: Verna Steffen, Sue Meyer, Kathy Hager, Mandi Ollendieck and Debra Sexton.

Winneshiek Medical Center and Mayo Clinic Health System are providing free gifts to the first 200 mammography patients during the month of October.  The WMC Radiology staff developed the gift idea to support national breast cancer awareness initiatives during the month of October.

“Our staff was creative in developing our gifts,” says WMC lead technologist, Sue Meyer. “We were able to use glass bottles from our supply and along with wonderful help from our volunteers, we created quaint aromatherapy gifts for our patients.”

Winneshiek Medical Center’s six board-certified mammography technologists perform approximately 2,400 mammograms each year. WMC Radiology also has full-service breast imaging and diagnostic capabilities, including Computer-Aided Detection (CAD), breast ultrasound, breast MRI and biopsy procedures.  Mammography results are read by Mayo Clinic Health System radiologist, Richard Remark, M.D., who provides full time radiology services at Winneshiek Medical Center.

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that can help identify any abnormalities. Breast cancer can be treated with most success when it is found early, many times before a lump can even be felt. The American Cancer Society suggests women should begin yearly mammograms at age 40.  If a woman has a family history of breast cancer, she should consult with her health care provider for advice on when to begin a baseline mammogram.

Patients do not need a doctor’s referral to schedule a mammogram. For more information on mammography or to schedule an appointment, call 563-387-3022.

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