San Diego, CA Mammogram Cost Comparison

Welcome to New Choice Health where we help you make informed decisions about your medical procedures by giving you the tools you need to compare facilities in your area.

Shop and save with New Choice Health!

A Mammogram in San Diego costs $112 on average when you take the median of the 26 medical providers who perform Mammogram procedures in San Diego, CA. The least expensive Mammogram in San Diego is $80 for a Breast Mammogram - Both Breasts (Mammogram) while the most expensive Mammogram list price is $90 for a Breast Mammogram - One Breast (Mammogram). There are 2 different types of Mammogram provided in San Diego, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the San Diego providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
Get a Free Quote!

Select any of the procedures below to view detailed cost data and provider comparisons.

Procedure Price Range
Breast Mammogram - Both Breasts (Mammogram) Cost Average $80 - $200 Free Quote
Breast Mammogram - One Breast (Mammogram) Cost Average $90 - $220 Free Quote

Compare Mammogram Providers in San Diego, CA

Facility City Type
Sharp Memorial Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas Encinitas Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego Acute Care Hospital
University of California, San Diego Medical Center San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Rady Children's Hospital - San Diego San Diego Childrens Hospital
Scripps Green Hospital La Jolla Acute Care Hospital
Western Diagnostic Imaging Center Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Pacific Imaging and Treatment Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp and Childrens MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center/kaiser San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women San Diego Acute Care Hospital
Parkway on Elm - Valley Radiology Consultants Escondido Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp and Children's MRI Center San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Valley Radiology - Carlsbad Carlsbad Diagnostic Testing Facility
Ucsd Department of Radiology San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
San Diego Imaging Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sharp Coronado Hospital Coronado Acute Care Hospital
Tri-city Medical Center Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
Fallbrook Hospital Fallbrook Acute Care Hospital
Ucsd Center for Molecular Imaging San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Scripps MRI Center at Encinitas Encinitas Diagnostic Testing Facility
Imaging Healthcare Specialists San Diego Diagnostic Testing Facility
Gateway Radiology - Valley Radiology Consultants Poway Diagnostic Testing Facility
San Diego Imaging - Chula Vista Chula Vista Diagnostic Testing Facility
Paradise Valley Hospital National City Acute Care Hospital
Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla La Jolla Acute Care Hospital

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.


In the news

CNN Health The Seattle Times NPR