Women's Preventative Health
At Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI), we know you are busy taking care of everyone and everything in your life. It's sometimes hard to find time to take care of yourself. That’s why we offer to schedule your mammogram and bone density exam on the same day, so you can cross these important preventative health exams off your list for another year. To schedule your exams at a CDI center in Greater Milwaukee area, call 414-774-7226.
Bone density exams
A simple bone density test called a DXA scan can help determine if you are at risk of developing osteoporosis.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
- Age 65 or older
- Someone else in your family has osteoporosis
- Estrogen deficiency (in women, which can be caused by menopause)
- Little or no exercise
- Past or current tobacco and/or excessive alcohol use
- Use of certain medications such as corticosteroids (Prednisone), Tamoxifen or Atimidex
- Low body weight or a small frame
- History of broken bones
If any of the above apply to you, schedule your DXA scan today. A DXA bone density scan is appropriate for patients who:
- Have used steroids long-term
- Have undergone weight-loss surgery or a liver transplant work-up
- Have thyroid disorders or Crohn’s Disease/IBD/colitis
- Are currently taking or have been on seizure, MS, osteoporosis or breast cancer medications
- Post-menopausal (women only)
Check with your doctor to find out if a DXA test is appropriate for you. Your doctor will write an order for the test.
An annual screening mammogram is recommended for women beginning at age of 40, according to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI). The American Cancer Society also recommends that women have the choice to begin mammography screening at age 40. For the complete, updated ACS guidelines, click here. Then, talk with your provider to find out what's best for you.
A referral is not required for an annual mammogram, but we will ask for your provider's contact information to share the results. Annual screening mammograms are covered by most insurance.