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Mammography

Mammography at St. Joseph's
Due to today's advances in mammography, the early detection of breast cancer has saved many women's lives. Every woman needs to be assured that the quality of the mammography services she uses meets the highest of standards.

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Consumer's Guide To Mammography


How to use this Guide
Call other facilities to compare their mammography services with St. Joseph's Breast Cancer Screening Program.

The American Cancer Society recognizes the value of mammography and recommends the following guidelines for women who do not have any symptoms of breast cancer:

Women who are 35 years old should have a baseline mammogram (i.e. a first mammogram) from which following mammograms can be compared.

Women who are 40 to 50 years old should have a mammogram every other year.

Women who are 50 or older should have a mammogram every year.

Quality, professionalism, personal attention to your needs...
That's the dedication our mammography program has to medical excellence. At St. Joseph's, our mammography services are:

Designed to offer the most complete breast cancer diagnostic services available in the Southern Tier

Accredited by the American College of Radiology, which has the highest standards of quality for mammography in the United States

Organized with a computerized-tracking system to remind your doctor when it's time for your next mammogram.

Comprehensive - every patient receives individual educational services, including instruction on how to properly perform breast self-examination

Easily accessible - for routine screening mammograms, you don't need a physician's referral--you can call and make the appointment yourself at (607) 737-7813

A mammogram order from any area physician... is accepted at St. Joseph's, even if it has another hospital's name and address on the order.

See how the Breast Cancer Screening Program at St. Joseph's compares.

Use this reference guide to compare area mammography services.

Questions you should ask facilities that perform mammograms:

Has your facility received "Accreditation in Mammography" from the American College of Radiology?
St. Joseph's Breast Cancer Screening Program is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). This means our mammography equipment and staff meet the highest national standards of quality assurance in the United States.

Does the facility post an "Accreditation in Mammography" certificate from the American College of Radiology next to each mammography machine?
Accreditation certificates from the American College of Radiology (ACR) must be displayed next to each mammogram machine to fulfill accreditation requirements. At St. Joseph's, each of our mammogram machines has this certificate on display. Another way to determine if a facility is accredited by the ACR is to ask your local American Cancer Society.

Are registered technologists with special training in mammography performing the mammograms?
Quality mammography is dependent upon the competency of the technologists performing it. Ask if your technologist is registered or licensed in Radiologic Technology and if she is specially trained in mammography. At St. Joseph's Breast Cancer Screening Program, the professional performing your mammogram is a Registered Technologist with Advanced Certification in Mammography.

Are the mammograms interpreted by Board Certified Radiologists "on site"?
The physicians who are the most qualified to interpret mammograms are Board Certified Radiologists with additional training in mammography. At St. Joseph's Breast Cancer Screening Program, an on-site radiologist will see your films before you leave. That way, if additional films or sonography exams are needed, you can have them done while you are still there.

Is a physical breast exam offered with the mammogram by certified oncology nurses?
At St. Joseph's, a female Registered Oncology Nurse performs a physical breast exam on each patient before her mammogram. Her exam provides the interpreting radiologist with important information for the most comprehensive breast exam possible.

Is the radiation dosage of each mammogram exposure less than 300 mRAD?
For American College of Radiology (ACR) accredited facilities like St. Joseph's, the "mean glandular dose" should be less than 300 mRAD. St. Joseph's also participates in the ALARA (As Low As Reasonably Achievable) Program through the National Council on Radiation Protection. This ensures quality imaging at the lowest possible dose of radiation. Ask to see the physicist's dosimetry report that should state the mRAD dosage.

Does the facility offer educational services?
St. Joseph's Breast Cancer Screening Program offers individual instruction in breast self-examination from female Registered Oncology Nurses who are trained by the American Cancer Society. Women are welcome to call (607) 737-7813, Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, for information or to discuss their concerns about breast cancer and mammography with a breast screening nurse or technologist. In addition, St. Joseph's offers breast cancer educational programs for groups and community organizations.

Does the facility offer self-referral mammography services?
Since May 1991, St. Joseph's offers mammography services on a self-referral basis. Women without symptoms of breast cancer can schedule an appointment for a routine screening mammogram by calling (607) 737-7813, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The results of your mammogram will be sent directly to your doctor. If you don't have a doctor, your results will be mailed to you. If you are in need of a doctor, St. Joseph's will find you one.

Self-Referral Mammography

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