Winona Health designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence!

Winona Health has been designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.

Being awarded the status of a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence signifies that Winona Health has earned accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast MRI, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

“It takes an incredible team commitment to earn accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services at Winona Health. “The criteria is extensive and includes everything from staff credentials, board certifications and continuing education to image quality assurance documentation. Our technology is the best of the best, and we have an outstanding team devoted to providing the highest standard of care to our community.”

Peer-review evaluations, conducted by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field, have determined that Winona Health has earned the designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence based on image quality, personnel qualifications, facility equipment, quality control procedures and quality assurance programs.

Winona Health uses 3D technology (tomosynthesis), for all screening mammograms and every aspect of breast care. To schedule a screening mammogram at Winona Health, a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, call 507.457.4320 (select option 1).

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About the American College of Radiology: The American College of Radiology is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive healthcare services.

About mammography by Dr. Bill Krueger

3D Mammography: Helpful or not?
By radiologist Bill Krueger, Winona Health

William Krueger, DO

Radiologist Bill Krueger

Several weeks ago one of my physician colleagues asked me about the three-dimensional mammography equipment at Winona Health. She was asking the right person, because, as a diagnostic radiologist, I am the physician who evaluates mammograms.
I told her that it’s amazing technology, and we are lucky to have it right here in Winona. Here’s why.

Studies show that 3D mammography improves both sensitivity and specificity, which is to say that it improves the radiologist’s ability to detect abnormalities in the breast, while simultaneously improving the radiologist’s ability to differentiate between abnormalities that are worrisome and abnormalities which are not of concern.

3D mammography makes a real difference in patient care. We are finding breast cancers that are not seen or not easily seen on 2D mammography, and we are also finding that we do not need to call some patients back for additional views (that otherwise would have been called back), because of the added capability of the 3D technology.

When you get your mammogram at Winona Health, you gain the benefit of getting both the traditional 2D mammogram and the 3D mammography images. And the radiologist reviews both.
Despite its benefits, 3D mammography is only available at a fraction of facilities throughout the nation. Winona Health recognized the benefits of 3D mammography and installed this advanced technology in 2013, being the first in the region to offer women this high level of imaging. Those of us who perform and interpret your mammograms are finding that 3D mammography makes a real difference in patient care.

3D mammography is amazing technology. And it’s available for you right here in Winona. I hope you’ll chose Winona Health when it’s time to schedule your next mammogram.
Regular screening increases early detection — and peace of mind

Early detection and peace of mind

Winona Health radiologists, Justin Albanese, MD, and William Krueger, DO, encourage women to get screening mammograms as recommended by their primary healthcare provider and the American Cancer Society.

For the best chance of early breast cancer detection, women should:
• Begin doing self breast exams in their 20s.
• Get a breast exam by a healthcare provider every three years between ages 20 and 40.
• Have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40 (Recommended by the American Cancer Society, American College of Radiology).
• Share their family history of breast cancer with their healthcare provider as certain risk factors may indicate a need for a screening mammogram at an earlier age.
• Schedule an appointment with their healthcare provider if they have a lump, pain or nipple discharge.

Be vigilant in protecting your health
Talk with your doctor about your risk and whether you should have additional tests or begin screening for breast cancer at an earlier age.

The vast majority of mammograms reassure women that everything is okay…
Most breast lumps are harmless, but they should be checked to be sure. “When a possible abnormality is detected, we call you back for further imaging…which may include additional mammogram views and/or an ultrasound,” said Dr. Krueger. “There could be a number of things that show up in a mammogram, and not all of them mean cancer—but it’s important to find out.”

To schedule a mammogram at Winona Health, call 507.457.4320. If cost is a concern, contact your primary care provider and ask about the SAGE program.

New MRI Suite: Open House Wednesday, October 7

Community invited to a rare opportunity:
A behind-the-scenes look at newest, high-tech MRI suite

Winona Health is offering community members a behind-the-scenes look at its recently upgraded Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite. The new Winona Health MRI provides a better experience for patients and the highest quality images for radiologists.

“This powerful equipment is right here in Winona,” said radiologist William Krueger. We may be a small community hospital but our Imaging Department has outstanding technology. Our team is very excited to show it to the community. Quality images improve our ability to differentiate between what’s of concern and what’s normal. It is a privilege to work at a healthcare facility with this level of technology as it is so critical to our diagnoses and treatment.”

Community members are invited to drop in at the open house any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7. Please use the main clinic entrance at 859 Mankato Avenue, Winona, Minn.

• Get a behind-the-scenes tour of the MRI suite
• Enjoy refreshments and see a demo of the new MRI technology
• Ask questions! Radiologists and Imaging staff will be on hand with answers

“The best of the best really is available locally,” said Claudine Van Meeteren, director of Imaging Services. “Our dedicated staff and spa-like experience are focused on providing excellent personal care. We’re excited to show people what’s available right here at Winona Health.”

Winona Health has had in-house MRI capabilities 2006, but with recently expanded specialty services now available, it was time to upgrade. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used to diagnose possible issues including internal bleeding, tumors, injury, blood vessel diseases or infection and MRI exams provide more detailed information about problems seen on an X-ray, ultrasound scan, or CT scan.

More about Winona Health Imaging Services.

Meet our radiologists
Justin Albanese, MD
William Krueger, DO

Podiatrists add early Friday appointments

Winona Health’s Podiatry Department  added early morning appointments on Fridays.

Podiatry hours are now:

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 a.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with podiatrists Michael Donnenwerth, DPM; William Hanson, DPM; or Thomas Nachtigal, DPM, call Orthopedic & Podiatry Services at 507.474.3338.

Learn more about Podiatry Services here.