Mammogram Cost and Mammogram Procedures Information

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the diagnosis of breast diseases in women. An x-ray (radiograph) is a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Radiography involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

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Mammogram Cost Averages Around the Country

Atlanta, GA Mammogram Cost Average $280
Chicago, IL Mammogram Cost Average $300
Dallas, TX Mammogram Cost Average $270
Houston, TX Mammogram Cost Average $280
Los Angeles, CA Mammogram Cost Average $320
Miami, FL Mammogram Cost Average $300
New York, NY Mammogram Cost Average $330
Philadelphia, PA Mammogram Cost Average $300
Phoenix, AZ Mammogram Cost Average $270
Washington, DC Mammogram Cost Average $280

Specific Mammogram Procedures and National Cost Averages

Breast Mammogram - One Breast (Mammogram) Cost Average $330
Breast Mammogram - Both Breasts (Mammogram) Cost Average $290
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Featured Facilities that Perform Mammogram

Name Location Average List Price
Saint Mary's Hospital Amsterdam , NY $380
Sanford Vermillion Medical Center Vermillion , SD $675
Wide Open MRI Dover , DE $280
Mcalester Diagnostic Imaging Mcalester , OK $240
Open MRI of Pittsburg, Kansas Pittsburg , KS $250
Grafton City Hospital Grafton , WV $675
Satilla Regional Medical Center Waycross , GA $575
Open-sided MRI of Stillwater Stillwater , OK $240
Geisinger Clinic Coal Township , PA $260
Advanced Radiology of Jefferson City Jefferson City , MO $240
East Tennessee Diagnostic Center Knoxville , TN $250
Fhn Memorial Hospital Freeport , IL $525
War Memorial Hospital Sault Saint Marie , MI $700
Mohawk Valley Open MRI Rome , NY $250
Scott and White Temple , TX $410
Four Seasons Breast Foundation San Antonio , TX $250
Chattanooga Imaging Chattanooga , TN $250
Espanola Hospital Espanola , NM $600
Express Imaging Mansfield , OH $260
North Powers Medical Imaging Colorado Springs , CO $270
PET Medical Imaging Center Grand Rapids , MI $260
Valley Diagnostics Russellville , AR $240
Henry County Memorial Hospital New Castle , IN $600
Radiology Medical Group of Santa Cruz County , South County Imaging Freedom , CA $280
Mercy Surgical and Diagnostic Center Merced , CA $280
Lawrence Memorial Hospital Lawrence , KS $420
Saint Francis Hospital and Health Services Maryville , MO $550
Clifton-fine Hospital Star Lake , NY $725
Warren General Hospital Warren , PA $490
Texoma Medical Center Wichita Falls , TX $250

More about Mammogram Procedures

Mammography Introduction

Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. The low-dose x-ray system used in most mammogram machines simply expose a small dose of ionizing radiation to the area of interest to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds that women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a genetic history of breast cancer should seek expert medical advice about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and about the frequency of screening.

Mammography Patient Preparation

Inform your doctor or technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant. Mammograms can be harmful to your fetus and cause birth defects. It is recommended that you schedule a mammogram one week following your period. Guidelines about eating and drinking before a mammogram vary at different facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. Do not wear any deodorant, talcum power or lotions under your arms or on your breasts the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots. Prior to your exam, discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor. Inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer. If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.

What to expect during and after a Mammogram

The overall preparation and mammogram examination should take approximately 30 minutes. Prior to the procedure, describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam. If areas are noted then a special adhesive marker will be placed at the location of the areas prior to the procedure. At the time of the procedure you will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that might interfere with the procedure. You will also be asked to remove your clothing from your waist up and then given a hospital gown to wear. For the procedure, you will stand in front of a mammography machine. One breast at a time will be placed on the x-ray plate. Compression on the breast is required in order to minimize the amount of radiation used and to ensure optimal visualization of the breast tissue. You may feel some discomfort during this time. During the procedure, you will be asked to stay very still and may even be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. To take the actual x-ray picture, the technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the x-ray machine. Multiple pictures will most likely be taking of each breast. Once the procedure is complete, you will be asked to wait until the technologist determines that the images are of high enough quality for the radiologist to read. Once cleared, ask your doctor or technician when your results will be ready.

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