Women’s Wellness is important, and at ODC Alabama our caring staff uses the latest technology like 3D mammogram and ultrasound combined with AI to provide you with the diagnosis and treatment you need for breast cancer screening. Our comfortable and welcoming environment will help you stay on top of your health and give you the peace of mind that comes with knowing and being prepared. We have three convenient locations: Huntsville, Madison and Athens, AL. We want to make it easy for you to maximize your personal health by providing same-day appointments and extended weekend options for breast cancer screenings.
A Better Mammogram Experience
What is a Mammography exam?
Mammography is specialized medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. It aids in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
ODC Alabama offers screening and diagnostic mammograms using state-of-the-art 2D and 3D mammogram technology.
During a 3D mammogram multiple breast images are taken from different angles producing a series of one-millimeter thick slices that create a 3D image of the breast. This provides greater visibility for the radiologist to see breast detail, increasing the likelihood of spotting abnormalities and a greater confidence to rule out benign tumors as cancerous. In addition, 3D mammograms find cancers earlier than 2D mammography alone, with a 27% increase in cancer detection and a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection. The very low X-ray energy used for 3D mammography is below the FDA guidelines.
The decision to have a mammogram is a personal one and is dependent upon age, family history, the density of breast tissue, and discussion with your physician. Ultimately – it’s your decision – you do not need a recommendation from a physician for a screening mammogram. In terms of age, research clearly shows that annual mammography and breast cancer screen should start at age 40 and it is strongly correlated with significant improvement in survival rates of breast cancer.
ODC Alabama understands that the cost of a breast cancer screening exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. Most insurers cover standard screening mammograms at no additional cost to the patient. If you elect to have a 3D mammogram for breast cancer screening rather than a standard digital exam, there may be an additional charge depending upon your insurance. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.
The radiologist will review the Mammogram and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report of your breast cancer screening is typically available to your provider within 24 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.