Learn About Mammograms
What is mammography?
Mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose x-rays to detect cancer before women experience symptoms and when it is most treatable. At PURE Mammography on Long Island, we specialize in state-of-the-art 3D mammograms, performed in a spa-like environment.
Why should women begin annual screening mammography at 40?
Regular screening mammograms have been shown to markedly reduce the number of women who die from breast cancer. Every major medical organization experienced in breast cancer care, including the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG), recommend that women start getting annual mammograms at age 40. For some women, mammography testing should begin sooner, depending on medical history and genetic predisposition.
Get the Facts: Mammograms Save Lives
- 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer
- 3 in 4 women diagnosed have no family history or risk factors
- 1 in 6 breast cancers occur in women in their 40s
- 40 is the age to start annual mammograms
Where can I get a mammogram?
Mammograms should only be done at a facility that is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). Quality is critical in mammography services, and the ACR is recognized as holding the highest standard in radiology. When deciding where to get a mammogram, be sure that the facility has certified and trained mammography technologists and board-certified radiologists who use high-quality equipment. PURE Mammography is home to some of the top breast imaging specialists in the field.
How much does a mammogram cost?
Mammograms can vary in price, but most insurance plans will cover annual mammogram screenings. In fact, the Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover yearly mammograms with no co-payment for women ages 40 and older. Some centers, like PURE Mammography, offer 3D mammography at no additional cost. For uninsured women, PURE offers low-cost mammograms that are the most affordable in the area.
Who interprets the results and how do I get them?
A radiologist (a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations) will analyze the images and send a signed report to your physician. If you do not currently have a physician, the staff at PURE Mammography can refer you to a doctor for a clinical breast exam and follow up.
You will also be notified of the results by the mammography facility. At PURE, exam results are available within 24 hours, and patients receive their report in the mail. If you would like to receive your results sooner, we can also let you know by text message or e-mail.
What if I have an abnormal mammogram?
If your report says you need additional imaging, don’t panic. In the large majority of women (around 80%), the extra view shows no abnormality and no need for further testing. These false alarms are often due to overlapping layers of normal breast tissue, which can sometimes produce unclear results. At PURE Mammography, all women receive a 3D mammogram, which is more likely to get it right the first time. 3D mammograms have greater accuracy and reduce the chance of being called back for additional testing by as much as 40%.
When women do need follow-up testing, these studies can be promptly performed at any of Medical Arts Radiology’s seven Women’s Imaging Centers across Long Island. These full-service offices are recognized as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology.
Mammograms are the single best tool to find breast cancer at its earliest stages — long before you or your doctor can feel a lump. Having regular 3D mammograms performed by an experienced board-certified breast imaging specialist is the best way to detect abnormalities early. Visit PURE Mammography on Long Island today with no appointment necessary. You can also call 631-652-3424 or fill out the form on this page to learn more about PURE or to pre-schedule an appointment.