Early Breast Cancer Detection Saves Lives

Annual Mammogram Screenings with Advanced Technology Available at the Gritman Women’s Imaging Center

Breast cancer ranks just after skin cancer as the second most common form of cancer among women in the United States.

With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tallying roughly 250,000 cases and more than 40,000 deaths annually because of the disease, early detection remains the best tool for treatment.


Regular mammogram appointments with the Patricia J. Kempthorne Women’s Imaging Center at Gritman Medical Center, part of an annual screening, help with early detection of breast cancer. Gritman’s medical staff recommend that most women, patients with an average risk of developing breast cancer, begin annual screenings at the age of 40. For women who may be at higher risk, earlier screenings may be recommended in consultation with a primary care provider.

The women’s imaging center features the latest 3d imaging, mammography and biopsy technology. The Women’s Imaging Center features the latest 3D imaging, mammography and biopsy technology.

The Gritman Women’s Imaging Center has a dedicated and private location within the hospital designed to provide individualized care to each and every patient. The center is staffed by a highly trained, experienced and compassionate team committed to women’s health needs.

Accredited by the American College of Radiology, the Women’s Imaging Center features the latest 3D imaging and biopsy technology. Compared to traditional 2D mammography, 3D provides superior diagnostic capabilities, allowing for a stronger likelihood of early detection. The advanced technology uses X-rays to create a three-dimensional image of the breast.

In addition to 3D mammography, the center also offers breast MRI, stereotactic breast biopsy, needle localization breast biopsy, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and screening for osteoporosis.

Located inside Gritman’s main hospital campus in Moscow, scheduling an appointment with the Women’s Imaging Center is easy and convenient. Learn more about the Women’s Imaging Center at gritman.org/womens-imaging or by calling 208-882-5377.

Learn more about breast cancer at gritman.org/online-clinic.


Mammogram: What to expect?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. Mammograms are the best screening test for people at average risk of breast cancer. If you feel anxious about your mammogram, you’re not alone. It’s normal to be nervous, but don’t let fear keep you from scheduling a mammogram. If you know what to expect, you’ll find it’s a lot less scary—and less uncomfortable—than you imagined. Watch this video to learn how to prepare and what you can expect during a mammogram.


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Opportunities to Help Through the Gritman Foundation

The Gritman Foundation accepts donations for two programs to better serve area women battling breast cancer:
  • Bosom Buddies: The Bosom Buddies program provides free screening mammograms to women in Latah County who are unable to pay for the screening on their own.
  • Light A Candle: Through Light a Candle, patients in the region who are facing cancer can receive help with services like housekeeping, grocery assistance, massage therapy and gas cards.
Learn more about the programs, and make a donation, at gritman.org/foundation.