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Frequently Asked Questions

Does it hurt to get a mammogram?

Images are taken while the breast tissue is compressed, so there can be some slight discomfort or pressure during the procedure, but, for the most part, it is not painful. If there is pain in the breast tissue when compression is applied, you should notify your technologist immediately.

How long will it take to get my mammogram?

You should count on spending 20 to 30 minutes on the coach.

How long will it take to get the results?

A copy of your results will be mailed to you and faxed to your doctor within 7 to 14 business days.

How can I get a mammogram if I don’t have insurance?

Uninsured patients are still eligible to receive screening on the mobile unit if they are willing to pay out-of-pocket. However, if this is not possible, there are several agencies in the Houston area to assist in receiving healthcare, such as the Harris County Hospital District. If a patient does not qualify for a Harris County Gold Card, she or he can seek assistance from non-profit organizations such as The Rose or the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Houston. 

How frequently should I undergo screening mammography?

Guidelines for women aged 40 and older suggest that screening mammograms should be performed yearly, unless indicated otherwise by a doctor. Women aged 30 to 39 should follow their doctors' advice about when to receive a screening mammogram, and how often to follow up with repeats.

Does the mammography van have a digital system?

Yes. It is equipped with a full-field digital mammography system. It is the same one used in MD Anderson's Breast Clinic, which is is accredited by the American College of Radiology. 

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