Digital mammographyA digital mammogram converts x-rays into digital information. The images are stored electronically and transmitted from one location to another. A mammogram can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes. How often you should have a mammogram depends on your age and your risk of breast cancer. Current American Cancer Society Guidelines recommend screening mammograms and physical breast examinations every year beginning at the age of 40.
You do not need to see your healthcare provider to schedule an annual screening mammogram. At the Kearney Breast Center we will strive to meet your scheduling needs for annual screening examinations, and our radiologists will provide prompt results reporting.
Important: If you felt a lump during your monthly breast self-exam, please see your healthcare provider as soon as possible, because a diagnostic procedure will need to be ordered. (You may want to verify your insurance coverage for diagnostic mammograms and other procedures.) We will give these specialized procedures the highest scheduling priority.
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