More Convenience, Options for 3D Mammograms at ARC
ARC now accepting Medicare for 3D Mammography
February 05, 2018
Mammograms are an important, life-saving breast cancer prevention screening but with our busy lives, it can be challenging to schedule an appointment.
That was the case for Austin Regional Clinic patient Judy O., who hadn’t had a recent mammogram but was urged to get one following a visit with ARC Family Nurse Practitioner, Sybil Haydon. Judy was able to get a mammogram the following day which she credits to saving her life. Cancer was detected. Judy went through ten months of treatment which included radiation and chemotherapy and is now in remission. (Read more about the visit that saved Judy’s life.)
ARC has been taking steps to make getting a mammogram more convenient for patients like Judy by offering early morning hours, online appointment scheduling, accepting most major insurance carriers, including Medicare. and — soon — a second location. Examples include:
- ARC patients can schedule 3D mammograms at ARC Far West Mon, Wed, Thurs - 8am - 4:30pm and Tues, Fri - 7am - 3:30pm.
- Later this year, 3D mammograms will also be available at ARC South 1st.
- ARC patients won't need to fill out a lot of paperwork because ARC already has their verified medical and insurance information.
- Patients can also convenient book the screening with their annual physical at Far West, or book a same-day mammogram any other time.
- They can also choose to request a mammogram screening online at com.
- Since it is a self-referred service, patients do not need to wait for authorization from their health plan.
- ARC accepts most major insurance carriers including Medicare.
And, with the passage of Texas House Bill 1036, which requires all Texas insurance plans to cover 3D mammography as of January 1, 2018, women can receive the best technology there is in detecting breast cancer and not have to pay any additional cost.
Advantages of 3D Mammography
Compared to two-dimensional screenings, tumor detection rates increase and "false positives" requiring second screenings decrease with 3D screenings, Bonilla said. While there is more detail in the image, the X-ray exposure remains at the same low-dose level, reducing a woman's lifetime exposure to radiation.
Regular mammograms allow your doctor to compare past and present images and detect any sign of breast cancer early. Digital mammography allows a radiologist to magnify images, change contrast and otherwise better see and evaluate an X-ray image.
Breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women in the U.S. and a leading cause of death from cancer - often because it was undetected earlier.
Patients at higher risk for breast cancer include:
- Over age 50
- Previously had breast cancer or another noncancerous breast disease
- Have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer
- Inherited certain genes
- Had a first menstrual period before age 12
- Stopped having periods after age 50
- Never had children or had a first child after age 30
- Had radiation treatments to the chest area
The American Cancer Society recommends clinical breast exams for women without symptoms every three years for age 20 to 39 and clinical breast exams and mammograms annually for age 40 or over. Breast self-exams for are recommended for women age 20 and over.
Visit the ARC Mammogram webpage for more information: https://www.austinregionalclinic.com/services/mammograms