University Breast Health Center
Professional Office Building 2
818 St. Sebastian Way, Suite 205
Augusta, GA 30901
706/774-4149 or toll free 866/774-4141
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The University Breast Health Center Digital Mobile Mammography Unit reaches women unable to come to University's on-site center. With a mobile mammography unit, the center is able to take breast health care to underserved populations, to working women at business and industrial sites, and to community and church groups throughout the area. This digital mobile unit is helping eliminate barriers by making it faster and more convenient for women to have a screening mammogram. These mammograms are the key to lifesaving early detection of breast cancer. Yearly mammograms are covered by Medicare and most insurance companies for women older than 40.
About Mobile Mammography Screening
Having an on-site mammogram in the mobile unit is just as safe and confidential as going to a fixed-site center. With digital equipment, the woman knows before she leaves that her image is technically accurate. After entering the mobile unit through a reception area, the woman proceeds to a private dressing room adjacent to the mammography suite where a brief health history is taken before her exam. Following her mammogram, she has an opportunity to ask questions and receive information about how her results will be communicated to her as well as her physician. Should the results of the mammogram be abnormal, the woman will receive a phone call from the Breast Center staff to discuss follow-up care.
An all-female team of registered radiological technologists with advanced training in the discipline of mammography will staff the mobile unit. The same board-certified radiologists from Brown Radiology read mammograms performed on the mobile unit and The Imaging Center will interpret all mammograms. Screening mammograms only will be performed on the mobile unit, so women needing diagnostic mammograms will be scheduled through The Imaging Center adjacent to the Breast Health Center.
Saves Time and Lives
It's estimated that 1,236 women in Georgia will die of breast cancer this year. Closer to home, Augusta is identified by the American Cancer Society as having a significantly higher mortality rate than the state average. Remember the statistics: One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime ... and one in 33 will die from it.
How can we change these statistics? Early detection- practicing regular breast self-exams, complying with screening guidelines for clinical exams and mammography on the recommended basis - is the best hope we can offer at this time. It's estimated that one-third of all breast cancer deaths in America each year could be prevented by early detection. Breast cancer treated in its early stage can usually be treated successfully. Unfortunately, not every woman 40 or over has an annual mammogram.
For more information about Mobile Mammography, call 706/774-4149 or toll free 866/774-4141.
University's Mobile Mammography Unit offers state-of-the-art digital mammograms with certified mammog-raphy technicians.
Mammograms are reviewed by a technologist during each appointment, and a radiologist reads each photo and dictates a report within 2-to-4 business days. A typed report of the results should ar-rive at your physician's office within 7-to-10 working days. (If your physician's office is not located near University Hospital, the report should arrive within 7-to-14 days).
In addition, patients receive a letter from the Breast Health Center explaining the results of their mammogram within 7-to-14 days. If you have not received a letter within two weeks, please call the University Breast Health Center/Mobile Mammography at 706/774-4149 or toll free at 866/774-4141.
There is a 10-15 percent chance that the radiologist may ask you to return for more views (additional imaging). This is not unusual, and should not be cause for alarm. More detailed pictures of a particular breast and/or a breast ultrasound are sometimes indicated to rule out any problems.
If additional views are necessary, the Breast Health Center staff will call to schedule a follow-up appointment.
The facility or center you visit for your additional images will send you the result letter(s) by mail within several days. These final results will usually be given to you at the time you have the additional views performed.
About Previous Mammogram Films
If you have had a mammogram in the past, it is essential that the radiologist reviews and compares those films to those taken on the Unit. This practice ensures the highest quality result. If previous films are from another facility and are not in our possession, please note:
- We will ask you to provide us with the name of the facility at which your previous mammogram was per-formed. If you cannot give us this information, we cannot request previous films and will treat your current study as a new baseline. If you can provide us with the information needed, and we do not already have your prior mammograms available, we will try to obtain them. It normally takes about 30 days to get these films from outside facilities.
- Once obtained, the radiologist will compare your previous films to your current study and issue a report to your physician. You will also receive another letter from us explaining the final results of the comparison.
- For billing questions concerning a mammogram on the mobile unit, call the University Health Care System Billing Office at 706/828-2333.
- For billing questions concerning the interpretation or reading of a mammogram once it has been processed, call the Brown & Radiology Associates Billing Office at 706/737-4275.
- Please note that patients are billed separately by the Mobile Mammography Unit where the image is taken and by Brown & Radiology Associates where the image is viewed and interpreted by a board-certified radi-ologist
To maintain good breast health, have a mammogram every year beginning at age 40, obtain yearly breast examinations by your physician, and perform breast self-examinations every month.
SCREENING MAMMOGRAPHY GUIDELINES
American Cancer Society and University Breast Health Center mammography screening guidelines are:
- Women can have a baseline mammogram at age 35.
- Women 40 and over should have a mammogram every year. Women with a strong family history should talk to their physicians about starting sooner.
- A physician order is required for a mammogram earlier than age 35.
- One full year must have lapsed since a previous mammogram.
- The participant must be the established patient of a physician and provide the complete office address and phone number of that physician.
- The participant is encouraged to bring her last mammography films if possible. If this is not possible, please provide us with a phone number and location of your last mammogram.
Women with one or more of the following circumstances are unable to participate in the screening program:
- Significant "lump" needing diagnostic evaluation by a physician.
- Unusual nipple discharge.
Appointments are necessary for the mammography exam. Each participant will receive education on breast self-exam at the time of her appointment.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Breast Health Center Mobile Mammography Department at 706/774-4149 or ask your physician's office to schedule your appointment.
University's Mobile Mammography Unit is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology and the Food and Drug Administration.