Mammogram - Preventive Screening - Film

This is an X-ray that provides images of the breasts. Check with your provider to see if they use film or digital images.

This is an X-ray that provides images of the breasts. Check with your provider to see if they use film or digital images.

An analog mammogram is an x-ray of the breast, with the images being printed on radiology film. A newer technology (Digital Mammogram) provides digital images that can be displayed on a computer and printed for review. Check with your healthcare provider to determine which type of technology will be used, as costs may vary.

  • A screening mammogram is when two images of each breast are taken to help in the early detection of breast cancer.
  • Experts do not agree on the best age for a woman at average risk for breast cancer to start getting mammograms. You should discuss your risk factors, the appropriate age for you to begin screening and the screening interval with you your doctor.
  • It is not clear whether additional computer assisted mammography is better at finding breast cancer than standard mammography.

Based upon the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, screening mammography is covered without deductibles or copayments when performed by an in-network provider. Diagnostic mammography is subject to deductibles and copayments. When submitting information, your provider decides whether the test is for screening or diagnostic purposes.

Here are some things you should know before having a mammogram.

  • Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken.
  • In some cases, other imaging studies may be appropriate (such as an ultrasound or MRI).
  • Do not use any deodorant, powder or lotion on your underarms or breasts the day of the test. This could interfere with the test results.
  • You may want to wear a two-piece outfit. That way, you can just remove the top for the test.
  • Tell the technician if you have breast implants. A different procedure may be required.
  • You'll need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.

The costs for this test include the charge for the test (facility charge) and physician charges (for performing or interpreting the test). You may get separate bills from the facility and the physician's office.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any special preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • Why are you ordering this test? Will the test results change my treatment plan? If not, do I need the test?


Also known as:

Screening Mammogram - Film
Preventive Screening
Mammogram - Preventive Screening - Film
Film Mammogram
Cancer Screening
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