Getting a mammogram may be an uncomfortable thought, but even more uncomfortable is the idea of getting breast cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer-related death—as well as one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers—among women. Between picking up the kids and grabbing groceries, many tasks get put off until tomorrow, or go undone altogether. Scheduling a mammogram shouldn't be one of them.
Call your physician to schedule your mammogram today.
Additionally, Martha Jefferson offers a free Breast Health Screening twice a year for women who:
- Don't have insurance that covers mammograms and for whom cost is a concern
- Are 40 or older
- Have not had a mammogram for over a year, or have never had one
For more information, or to be referred to a physician, call Martha Jefferson Health Connection at (434) 654-7009 or toll-free at 888-652-6663.
Having a Mammogram at MJH
Mammograms are done in conjunction with your physician's clinical breast exam, so your physician must refer you to the Breast Health Center. We require physician referrals, because some cancers cannot be detected through mammography, and can only be found through a clinical breast exam. Complete breast health care must include self-breast exams, clinical breast exams, and mammograms.
We are in full accordance with the strict guidelines as set forth by the American College of Radiology, and all of our mammography technologists are certified by the American Registry of Radiation Technologists. Always keeping your safety in mind, our mammogram machines use the lowest doses of radiation possible, while still providing excellent mammography imaging.
We have all female technicians, who are specially trained in mammography and are able to answer any questions you may have. Your mammogram x-rays will be interpreted by a board-certified radiologist, then within a week, the results are sent back to your doctor and to you.
Because the Breast Health Center is located within the Women's Health Center, you may also choose to get tested for osteoporosis and blood glucose levels during the same visit. Also for your convenience, we now offer Saturday screenings! Remember to call at least a month in advance of when you wish to have your next mammogram—and we'll call you the day before to remind you.
We are housed on the third floor Martha Jefferson Hospital's Outpatient Care Center, conveniently located near the intersection of Interstate 64 and Route 250 East.
On average, 10% of women who receive mammograms will require additional testing; however don't be alarmed if this happens to you. Only .1-.2% of all mammograms will eventually be diagnosed as breast cancer; and when detected early, some impressive statistic about survival rates for breast cancer.
During this diagnostic phase of testing, you will probably meet with our Breast Health Liaison, Mary Beth Revak, who will guide you through breast health screening process, providing information and support as needed. If you do require additional testing, diagnostic screenings and breast MRIs can be performed in the Breast Health Center; appointments are generally made within 48 hours.
Martha Jefferson's board-certified pathologists interpret all pathology results, so we can have your test results and diagnosis back to you before you even leave our Center.
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