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Hospital Updates 7 March 2024

Mammograms Made Easy: New Scheduling Hours

Written by Sawyer Sweckard

Did you know? Ivinson Memorial Hospital has a state-of-the-art Breast Imaging Center with the best equipment on the market.

The U.S death rate from breast cancer fell by 40% from 1989 to 2017, which is attributed to screening and better treatments. However, Wyoming ranks as the last in the nation for up-to-date breast cancer screenings. Our Ivinson team is working to change that.

Improving Care

Working hard to rid mammogram misconceptions, Ivinson’s Breast Imaging Center team is ensuring a more comfortable experience to better meet the needs of patients. We’re excited to share that our Breast Imaging Center has extended its hours to now operate from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, giving patients an extra two hours for their appointments. We have also added special Saturday appointments when necessary to better assist patient needs. Saturday scheduling is available by appointment only.

All of Ivinson’s breast images are read and interpreted by our board-certified Radiologist, Ryan Griesbach, MD, who joined the Laramie team last year. A proud graduate of the University of Wyoming, Dr. Griesbach continued his education journey at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, earning his medical degree. His interest in Radiology led him to the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where he completed his residency in diagnostic radiology and his fellowship in neuroradiology.

Dr. Griesbach, a Laramie native, has been a critical asset to Ivinson, offering expertise and support. His commitment to excellence follows the retirement of Dr. Jeanne Hennemann. 

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Dr. Griesbach is very knowledgeable and mindful of the mental health of women,” says Angela Weiss, lead mammography technologist. You’re not a number, we give you that patient care. We’ll take that additional two minutes to make sure the quality is there.”

Angela Weiss, the lead mammographer for Ivinson, also plays a crucial role in the radiology department. Angela has been working in mammography for 14 years, witnessing the many changes throughout her department at Ivinson, from outdated machines to the current top-of-the-line equipment currently being used today.

Our department goes above and beyond to check each individual device, making certain they are in working condition,” says Angela. The changes happening in mammography have kept us busy, doing between 20 – 30 patients in just one day.”

Screening Saves Lives

Why should women get an annual mammogram? 

As Angela says, Getting a mammogram is for early detection and that early detection is key. The only thing you have to be afraid of is not getting your mammogram.” According to the CDC, A mammogram is an X‑ray picture of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms can find breast cancer early, sometimes up to three years before it can be felt.

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Angela understands that it isn’t easy to overcome the fear of coming in, but emphasizes that our staff is here to meet the needs of every individual, male or female in mammography.

We have great equipment. We have a great atmosphere. We give great patient care. We’re compassionate, kind, mindful, friendly and nice. I encourage everyone to give us a try!”

How and When to Schedule

In the wise words of Sheryl Crow, The only person who can save you, is you.” Sheryl Crow is known as an American musician, singer, and songwriter, but she is also a spokesperson for the medical imaging company Hologic. 

At Ivinson, we want to highlight the significance of prioritizing your health through regular mammograms and cancer screenings. 

Here are some practical tips for scheduling your appointment:

  • Women between 40 and 44 have the option to start screening with a mammogram every year.
  • Women ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. 
  • Women 55 and older can switch to once every other year or do yearly mammograms, depending on family history and other health concerns. Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live at least 10 more years. 
  • Everyone should understand what to expect when getting a mammogram for breast cancer screening. 
    • Consult Your Primary Care Provider:
      • Initiate a conversation with your primary care provider to gather information about the procedure. They can offer valuable insights and advice tailored to your specific needs.
    • Schedule in Your Birth Month:
      • Make it easy to remember your mammogram schedule by booking your appointment around your birthday. This simple tip helps you stay proactive in managing your health, and helps avoid scheduling delays.
    • How to Schedule at our Breast Imaging Center:
      • It’s easy to schedule your mammogram at Ivinson. Simply call or text us at 
        (307) 7554640.

Remember, your well-being is in your hands. Take the first step towards regular preventative care by scheduling your mammogram today at Ivinson. Your health matters, and we’re here to support you every step of the way.

As Angela says, We want to help you. We are invested in helping you have a healthy life and to be there for your loved ones.”

Sawyer Sweckard
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Sawyer is a marketing intern at Ivinson, who recently graduated from the University of Wyoming. After earning his bachelor's degree in marketing with a minor in general studies, Sawyer is excited to join the Ivinson team taking on real world projects both big and small. Beyond work, Sawyer enjoys the many opportunities Laramie has to offer, especially the sporting events hosted by the University of Wyoming.