I’ve received several inquiries from women living in various regions of the country, asking how they should choose where to go for their mammogram, and if it really matters.  I cannot emphasize this enough:  It matters!  Here are a few tips to help your search: The most basic requirement is whether a facility is accredited under the MQSA (Mammography Quality Standards Act).  The accrediting body for most states is the ACR ...

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As a veteran of World War II, my grandfather was a GI Bill success story, the first man to go to college from his impoverished neighborhood in Jersey City thanks to government at its finest.   A card-carrying member of the state teachers’ union, and a politically active Democrat for most of his life, it came as something of a shock to me when, after a few decades of observing big ...

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It is a scenario familiar to all breast imaging practices. A patient feels a lump in her breast and calls her doctor.  The doctor examines her, agrees that a lump is present, and refers the patient to a breast imaging facility for a diagnostic mammogram and breast ultrasound (also known as a sonogram).  At her mammogram appointment, a little sticker is placed on the lump felt by the patient, and mammogram ...

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By now you’ve probably seen the internet jokes that compare the mammogram experience to having your breast squashed in a refrigerator door.  A few years back, I joined the club of women who have our annual mammograms, and I can’t say that I disagree with the imagery of the jokes.  However, the benefits of early detection far outweigh the discomfort, so I’m willing to put up with it. I’d like to ...

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