The Wheeling Hospital Mammography Department is accredited by the American College of Radiology and FDA. Mammograms are performed by licensed board-certified technologists.
Mammography is used to detect breast abnormalities. The procedure is widely used to detect breast cancer, which can be effectively treated in the early stages.
Wheeling Hospital offers three digital mammography units, as well as one at the St. Clairsville Health Center, an affiliate of Belmont Community Hospital (BCH). The outcome for women
depends on the stage at which breast cancer is detected. Early detection can make a tremendous difference in survival rates. Digital mammography provides faster, clearer and
overall better results compared to regular mammography. Physicians can view and maneuver the digital mammography images on high-resolution computer
monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. With digital mammography, the brightness and contrast of the image can be adjusted, and
technicians can zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses and other changes that may be signs of early cancer. In most cases, within 24 hours of a
physician finding an abnormality, the patient can have a digital mammogram and immediately learn the results. When there is a known abnormality, having breast ultrasound imaging
available when the mammogram is performed gives the patient a full diagnostic exam.
Digital mammograms are available at the St. Clairsville Health Center from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays; and 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. At Wheeling Hospital, the mammograms begin at 7:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Some evening hours are available those days. They also are offered from 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays; and 7:15-10:30 a.m. on Saturdays.
To schedule a digital mammogram at the St. Clairsville Health Center or at Wheeling Hospital, call 304-243-3176.
Annual screening mammograms for all women over age 40 are recommended by the American College of Radiology. Any changes in the breasts such as a rash, nipple discharge or a lump (which can be felt) should be reported to a physician. In those cases, a diagnostic mammogram may be required.
Do I need a physician's order to get a mammogram?
Yes, your physician must order your mammogram. If you are given a written order (script) for your test, bring it with you or the exam may be delayed.
During a breast examination my doctor felt a lump, but I cannot feel it. What should be done before I get my mammogram?
If your doctor can feel a lump but you cannot, you will have to have that area of the breast marked by your doctor before the mammogram. Additional cone compression views and ultrasound will be done at this time.
Where can I have my mammogram taken?
You may have your mammogram taken at Wheeling Hospital or St Clairsville Health Center.
What are the hours of operation?
The hours of operation vary according to the facility. Appointments for evenings, as well as Saturday mornings, are available.
Do I need an appointment?
Yes, you need an appointment for a mammogram. An appointment may be made by calling Radiology Scheduling, 304-243-3176 or 877-261-0471.