How to Choose the Right Place to Get a Mammogram

Submitted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz on December 13, 2018

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There are A LOT of options out there

There are a lot of options out there, but choosing where to get your mammogram can often be as important as choosing to get one at all. That’s because your comfort, and the available screening technology, should be top priority. Here’s what I suggest you look for when choosing where to get your yearly mammogram.

How to Choose a Place Mammogram

National Endorsements 

Ensure that the screening center you choose is Mammogram Quality Standards Act-accredited. This means that the center has passed the FDA-required certification that addresses safety, quality and follow-up. A center backed by the American College of Radiology and the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers is also proven to provide high-quality breast care to patients.

Advanced screening options

Guarantee that you are getting the most accurate results by making sure the screening location you select has up-to-date technology, like 2D and 3D mammography, as well as ultrasound- and stereotactic-guided biopsy. Many centers offer C-view imaging technology that allows for reduced radiation exposure.

Comprehensive treatment

Consider a breast center for your mammogram. A comprehensive center can not only provide you with the latest mammogram technology, but also the resources and individual guidance of several specialists should you need additional care. If follow-up screening is needed, many centers are set up to provide those supplemental results on the same day. You may also get to stick with the same providers throughout the process, including the individual attention of a breast navigator, if you need treatment.

Scheduling your mammogram is easier than ever with night, weekend, walk-in and even mobile mammography appointments available at many locations. There's always time for good health. Still not convinced your should get a mammogram? Check-out Excuses to Skip Your Diagnostic Mammogram (Debunked)!

Dr. Anthony Ruiz is the Medical Director of Chesapeake Regional Healthcare’s comprehensive Breast Center. He is a general and breast surgeon who practices with Chesapeake Regional Medical Group.