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Easy Access to a Life-Saving 3D Mammogram Saved Judy's Life

When Austin Regional Clinic patient Judy O. was urged to get a mammogram, she was able to get one the very next day. She credits it with saving her life; breast cancer was detected. Judy then went through radiation and chemotherapy treatment and is now in remission.

Easier to Get a Mammogram

Judy was able to get a mammogram the day after her ARC Family Nurse Practitioner urged her to get one. And, we’ve made it more convenient for you too. ARC offers early-morning hours, online appointment scheduling, and we will be at a second location later this year.

As an existing patient with ARC, you do not need to complete additional paperwork because your medical and insurance information is already in the system. You also do not need to wait for authorization from your health plan since it is a self-referred service. Also, because we accept Medicare coverage for mammograms, it is usually covered under preventive care services.

The passage of Texas House Bill 1036 requires all Texas insurance plans to cover 3D mammography as of January 1, 2018. This means you can receive the latest breast-cancer-detecting technology and not pay additional costs.

Ways You Can Schedule A Mammogram:

  • Visit ARCappointments.com.
  • Request an Appointment>Schedule an appoinment for 2D or 3D mammogram screening at
    • ARC Far West
      • M, W, TH: 8am–4:30pm
      • T, F: 7am–3:30pm
    • And, later this year at ARC South 1st.

Advantages of 3D Mammography

Regular mammograms allow your doctor to compare past and present images and detect any sign of breast cancer early. With 3D mammography screenings, tumor detection rates increase and "false positives" requiring second screenings decrease compared to two-dimensional screenings, said Monique Bonilla, ARC Radiology Services Manager.

3D digital mammography allows a radiologist to magnify images, change contrast and otherwise better see and evaluate an X-ray image. 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.

Breast Cancer: the Second Most Common Cancer

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 not detected earlier.

Mammograms are an important, life-saving breast cancer prevention screening. 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 are recommended for women age 20 and over.

Talk to your doctor about when to get a mammogram if you are at higher risk for breast cancer because you have one of the risk factors below:

  • 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

Visit the ARC Mammogram webpage for more information or request a mammogram screening appointment at ARCappointments.com.

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