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Mammography

Mammography

In January 2009 IGO Medical Group installed new state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment. The images provided with this technology offer the latest advantages for screening and early detection of breast cancer.

Mammography is an x-ray technique used to study the breasts and can help doctors detect breast cancer at an early stage when treatment can be most effective. IGO Medical Group is a licensed mammography facility staffed by licensed mammography technologists. Women can have their mammogram done conveniently and confidentially at the time of their annual exam and Pap and avoid having to schedule another appointment or travel to a different facility.

IGO Medical Group’s mammography technologists have many years of experience and are compassionate and sensitive to the needs of our patients. The technologists instruct women on breast health and breast self exam enabling them to participate in detecting breast changes at an early stage. All mammography x-rays are read by the board-certified radiology physicians of Scripps Clinic Medical Group (radiologists formerly of La Jolla Radiology Medical Group).

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American Cancer Society Increased Risk Guidelines:

• Have a sister, mother or daughter who has had breast cancer.
• Have had breast cancer before.
• Have never had children or first child after age 30.
• Began menstruating at an early age.
• Went through menopause at a late age.

Though the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends a mammogram every two years beginning at age 50, the American Cancer Society and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommend a screening mammogram every year beginning at age 40 and continuing as long as a woman is in good health. We support the latter.


New Mammography Reporting Guidelines:

Existing federal law requires a written report of the results of each mammogram and requires a summary of that report to be sent to the patient. As of April 1, 2013 the California Health and Safety Code has been amended adding a requirement that the written summary also include a prescribed notice on breast density. If a patient is found to have dense breast tissue the following notice must now be included in the summary report:

“Your mammogram shows that your breast tissue is dense. Dense breast tissue is common and is not abnormal. However, dense breast tissue can make it harder to evaluate the results of your mammogram and may also be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer.

This information about the results of your mammogram is given to you to raise your awareness and to inform your conversations with your doctor. Together, you can decide which screening options are right for you. A report of your results was sent to your physician."

IGO Medical Group and the radiologists with whom we are associated have complied with this regulation and our reports include this information where appropriate. The link below will provide a printable information sheet taken from a brochure prepared by the American College of Radiology.

Download Breast Density Information Sheet

Any patient who receives a summary letter describing their breast tissue as dense is encouraged to review this information sheet. Any remaining questions or concerns should be brought to your doctor’s attention.


Accreditation Information:

State of California Mammography Facility and Equipment Accreditation

FDA Certified Mammography Facility

American College of Radiology Mammography Accreditation Program