Screening Mammograms

The breasts can undergo changes that cause symptoms such as lumps or inflammation. Benign breast conditions are common, and non-cancerous. Early detection of breast cancer is critical. A screening mammogram is an important diagnostic tool.

Additional information about screening mammograms

  • You do not need a doctor's referral for a screening mammogram. This means that you can set up the appointment yourself if you choose.
  • The screening takes about a half-hour.
  • Wear no deodorant, powder, or perfume on the day of your screening mammogram.
  • If you have film from a previous mammogram, please bring it to your appointment.
  • Medicare patients must allow a full calendar year between screening mammograms, in order to be reimbursed by Medicare.

If the results from your screening mammogram are normal, you will receive a letter saying so within two weeks.

If the radiologist recommends further evaluation, a person from the Mammography Section will call you to set up an appointment for additional imaging. If breast cancer is detected, you will be referred to the Comprehensive Breast Program for further evaluation and treatment.

Learn about screening mammograms from the National Cancer Institute.