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Digital Mammography

St. Vincent's St. Clair offers the latest in digital mammography technology, producing high-quality images, which better enable radiology technicians to read the images and detect any possible problems. Also, with the images being digital, a patient’s physician can see the images instantly on their computer even if they are at another facility.

Before You Arrive
You MUST have a primary care doctor to send the results of your mammogram to BEFORE you have your mammogram. Insurance precertifications must be taken care of before scheduling the appointment.

 

• If you are scheduled for a mammogram at St. Vincent’s St. Clair:
• If you have sensitive breasts, try scheduling your mammogram at a time of the month when they will be least tender. Try to avoid the week right before your period. This will help lessen the discomfort.
• Try to limit the amount of deodorant, powder or lotion that you use on the day of your mammogram. We will provide you with baby wipes to remove these items before your exam because they may interfere with the quality of the mammogram.
• Bring a list of the places where and dates when you have had mammograms, biopsies or other breast treatments.
• If you do not hear from your physician within 10 days, do not assume that your mammogram was normal. Confirm this by calling your physician or the facility.

What to Bring

It is important that you remember to bring your insurance card, a photo ID, and a diagnostic order from your physician, if applicable.

Where to Go
St. Vincent's St. Clair performs mammograms in the Radiology Department located on the first floor of the hospital.

Parking
Parking is available for patients and visitors in front of the hospital and on each side of the hospital.

What does it mean when my mamgrams at St. Vincent's St. Clair are "double read"
All mammo
mograms are "double read"?, which means that two radiologists read the mammogram independently. Double reading significantly increases accuracy and cancer detection rate.

When should I have a mammogram?
As recommended by the American Cancer Society, women should have an annual mammogram beginning at age 40. Women at increased risk (e.g. family history, genetic tendency, past breast cancer) should talk with their doctor about the benefits and limitations of starting mammography screening earlier, having additional tests (e.g. breast ultrasound or MRI), or having more frequent exams.

Women requesting a mammogram under the age of 35 must have an order from their physician before scheduling their mammogram.

Financial Arrangements
If you do not have insurance, please contact the Business Office prior to your admission at (205) 338-3301 (ext. 157) and ask for a financial counselor. Call between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Based on your insurance coverage, you may be asked to pay your deductible or co-pay at the time of registration. Payment can be made using cash, check or credit card.

 


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