Common Questions & Answers
What if I can not afford a screening mammogram?
We care for everyone who comes to us in need regardless of his or her ability to pay. Meeting the needs of people with limited resources has always been at the heart of our mission. Having this mission means we will not turn people away due to not having the funds to pay for a mammogram. Springfield Regional Imaging Center has financial assistance for patients who do not have insurance, and payment plans for all patients. If you feel you may need this type of assistance, please let the registration clerk know on the day of your visit.
How do I prepare for a mammogram?
Do not wear deodorant, lotions or powder under your arms or on the breast. This will disturb your mammogram picture. We ask that you undress from the waist up, so it is best to wear two-piece clothing. It will be necessary to provide us with the location and date of your last mammogram and your medical history.
I do not have a family history of breast cancer. Do I still need to get a yearly mammogram?
Yes! 85 percent of all women who get breast cancer have no family history. This is a great misunderstanding many women have. Please do not let the fact that you do not have a family history of breast cancer keep you from getting a mammogram and doing a self breast exam. One in eight women will get breast cancer.
Do I need a doctor's order to get a mammogram?
No. At the Springfield Regional Imaging Center, women can call to make an appointment for a routine yearly mammogram without a physicians’ order. If you are having breast problems, you need to consult with your physician first. If you do not have a physician we can help you find one by calling 937-523-9699.
At what age should I begin having mammograms and how frequently?
A baseline mammogram should be done between the ages of 35-39. Then, at age 40 a screening mammogram should be done every year. Women between the ages of 20 and 40 should be doing self breast exams monthly and clinical breast exams once a year. Your physician may send you earlier than stated above if an abnormality is seen during an exam. Depending on your breast health risk factors, there are also some special circumstances when women should begin their mammograms earlier. Please consult with your physician about when you should get your first mammogram.