What is screening mammography? Screening mammography is a special X-ray examination of the breasts for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. It is a simple procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform. Screening mammography can often identify lumps in the breast long before they can be felt on a physical examination. When found in this very early state, breast cancer is most responsive to treatment and most likely to be cured.
When should I have screening mammography? The American Cancer Society recommends the following screening guidelines for women who have no symptoms:
- Women ages 35-39 should have their first baseline screening.
- Women ages 40 and over should have screening mammography yearly.
Why should I have screening mammography?
- Screening mammography can save lives.
- Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the 35-50 age group.
- One out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her life.
- Lumps as small as the size of a pea can be detected by mammography. Breast cancers found at such an early stage have a 90 percent cure rate.
Is screening mammography safe? The equipment used is low-dose, state-of-the-art. This means radiation exposure is kept to a minimum, while the highest quality images of the breast are obtained. All Health Alliance Mammography Centers meet the standards of the American College of Radiology and the Mammography Quality Standards Act. The equipment on the Jewish Hospital Mobile Mammography Unit is the same that is used at our hospital testing sites, and is operated by radiologic technologists specialized in mammography from the Jewish Hospital, a member of the Health Alliance.
What about comfort and privacy? The mobile screening unit is spacious and comfortable. The dressing rooms and examination room provide absolute privacy. For the screening examination, you will be asked to remove your clothing above the waist. A female technologist specially trained in mammography screening procedures will assist you in positioning your breasts on the imaging equipment. The technologist will use a special device to compress the breast for the X-ray examination. There may be some discomfort, however, the procedure is usually not painful. Breast compression is very important to produce the best quality images. Two X-ray images will be taken of each breast. As each X-ray is taken , you will be asked to remain very still and hold your breath for a short period.
How long will the procedure take? The entire examination takes about 10-15 minutes. When you arrive at the mobile van you will be asked a few routine questions and have the opportunity to ask the technologist any questions you may have. When the X-rays are complete, the films will be returned to the Health Alliance where a radiologist will interpret your films. The result will be reported to you within two weeks.
What Is the cost for Mobile Mammography? Mobile Mammography is treated as any other mammogram and is covered by most insurance companies. For best coverage, please verify that the Jewish Hospital is a panel provider with your insurance company.
As part of "Buddy Check 19" the Jewish Hospital Mobile Mammography Unit travels to a different Buddy's Carpet & Flooring location on or around the 19th of every month. The unit is staffed by radiologic technologists specialized in mammography from The Jewish Hospital, and uses the same FDA and Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA)-approved equipment as the hospital-based testing sites. The Mobile Mammography Unitl also utilizes the R2 ImageChecker, a computer-aided detection (CAD) system that detects 23.4 percent more breast cancers than mammography alone.
Mobile Mammography is treated as any other mammogram and is a covered benefit by most insurance companies. For best coverage, participants should verify that The Jewish Hospital is a panel provider with their insurance company.
Upcoming Buddy Check 19 Jewish Hospital Mobile Mammography stops include:
Call the Health Alliance to schedule an appointment at one of these stops: