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Q & A with Crossing Rivers Health Radiologist Dr. Alisa Johnson

Dr. Alisa Johnson is known in the field of radiology for her publications in two major journals, her specialty in breast imaging, and dedication to breast cancer awareness. She is a board certified radiologist with dedicated fellowship training in breast imaging at the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Dr. Johnson has been practicing since 2012, including four years at Good Samaritan Healthcare where she initiated the women's health initiative to form a successful Women's Health Center, which included 3D™ breast tomosynthesis, the newest technology in breast imaging. That technology is now available at Crossing Rivers Health in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Meet Dr. Johnson in this short video.

Q. Why should someone come to Crossing Rivers Health for a 3D™ mammogram?

A. I get that screening mammograms can be a little uncomfortable. We have optimized that by this new technology which minimizes the compression and we have purchased, at our own cost, a pad that actually goes on the mammogram machine to minimize the amount of compression and optimize comfort.

We’re doing everything we can to make your experience a good one. Getting a mammogram can be scary. If you’re anxious, all you have to do is call and ask to schedule it on a day that I’m here and I will give you results before you leave.

Q. What is the difference between 2D and 3D™ mammograms?

2D mammography produces two images of each breast. 3D™ mammography detects 40% more invasive breast cancers and provides approximately 120 images of each breast in one-millimeter slices. Dr. Johnson discuss the differences between 2D and 3D™ mammograms.

Q. What motivates you?

A. It’s all about the patients. I’ve seen the fear. I’ve seen people terrified of the unknown. I have pursued the best training that I can so that I have the knowledge and the experience to help guide women down their path.

Q. What does it mean to you to help women through this journey?

A. Often, it’s a moment in their life that they have a palpable lump or a concern. They are worried that they have breast cancer. I am very thorough. I am going to show you exactly what you are feeling. If it’s something concerning, I’m going to let you know that too.

I can’t tell you how fulfilling it is to reassure people. I am very honest with patients and do not believe in false hope. If you are in a situation that needs additional treatment, I’m going to get you into the hands of the very best team.

Q. Why did you choose to become a radiologist?

A. It’s been very natural for me. Maybe it’s a selfish thing, but it’s been the most fulfilling experience in my life to help people. When you’re scared of the unknown, it makes all the difference if you have someone there holding your hand telling you that it’s going to be alright.

Q. What is the #1 message you want to share about annual screening mammograms?

A. Breast cancer is almost 100% curable and treatable when it’s Stage 1. Once it gets beyond that, you need to use more of your tools to fight it. If you schedule your annual screening mammogram each year, you’re doing everything right. At Crossing Rivers Health, we want you to live a healthy, happy life and we want you to stay that way. You do that by screening and detecting things early.

Watch Dr. Johnson's message about the importance of annual screening mammograms.

Stand up to cancer with Crossing Rivers Health! Tune into Stand Up To Cancer on Friday, September 9 on Fox 25/28 to hear women from our area share their journey with breast cancer and Dr. Johnson's message about 3D™ mammography. With 3D™ mammography, we're stronger than ever, together.