Routine Screening Mammogram
A routine screening mammogram is a highly effective test in the early detection of breast cancer. It could lead to treating and curing breast cancer before any symptoms ever surface. The American College of Radiology recommends that you start receiving screening mammograms at age 40. A clinical breast exam (CBE) should be part of a periodic health exam for you in your 20's and 30's, preferably at least every three years.
We do not perform routine screening mammograms during pregnancy or breastfeeding. You must wait at least 90 days after breastfeeding to undergo a routine screening mammogram. These exams are often covered by your insurance.
You do not usually need a doctor's order to get a routine screening mammogram. However, you must have a Primary Care Provider (PCP) to whom we can send the results of your mammogram.
You should have a diagnostic mammogram if you:
- Have a lump in your breast
- Had a lumpectomy or mastectomy
- Have breast implants
- Have nipple discharge, a rash, or other skin changes
- Or have any other medical problem with your breasts
To have a diagnostic mammogram, you need to obtain a doctor's order or prescription. Once you have an order from your doctor, call us to make an appointment.