After checking in, you will be escorted to a private dressing room where you will undress from your waist up and change into a gown that opens in the front. Your exam will be performed by a mammography-certified, female technologist who will ask you questions to understand your history and/or any problems you may have. After entering the exam room and laying down on the table, a small handheld unit called a transducer is gently passed over the area to be examined. The sound waves will produce pictures on the monitor.
You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure. For your convenience and comfort, please wear two separate clothing pieces, a top and a bottom, to the exam that day.
If you have had a previous mammogram at a facility other than Touchstone Medical Imaging, please let us know so that we may obtain these films. It is extremely important for the radiologist to have your prior films for comparison, as it enhances the doctor’s ability to detect a subtle change or small abnormality on your current mammogram. Availability of prior films at your appointment also decreases the length of time it takes for you to get your results.
Texas state legislation known as Henda’s Law requires mammography facilities to notify you and your health care provider if your results indicate dense breast tissue. As of September 2021, insurance regulations changed, which could cover the cost of your supplementary breast ultrasound exam.
If your mammogram demonstrates that you have dense breast tissue, which could hide abnormalities, and you have other risk factors for breast cancer that have been identified, you might benefit from supplemental screening tests that may be suggested by your ordering physician.
Dense breast tissue, in and of itself, is a relatively common condition. Therefore, this information is not provided to cause undue concern, but rather to raise your awareness and to promote discussion with your physician regarding the presence of other risk factors, in addition to dense breast tissue. Breast Ultrasound screening are typically recommended for asymptomatic women with Class C or Class D breast density.
A report of your mammography results will be sent to you and your physician. You should contact your physician if you have any questions or concerns regarding this report.
Breast ultrasound exams are performed at various Texas locations to provide insights into breast health in accordance with the Henda Law. Please use our location finder to find a center near you that performs the breast ultrasound.