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Breast Cancer Screenings

Mammograms and Breast Health

Keeping up with preventive care is one of the most effective ways to protect your health. And, mammograms are the best tool for early breast cancer detection and treatment. Your preventive care plan depends on your age, risk factors and personal preferences. Talk to your doctor about scheduling regular mammogram screenings.

The Importance of Screening

When to Get Screened

What should I ask my doctor about breast cancer screening?

What happens if they find something?

Further evaluation of potential breast cancer can be done with follow-up tests. Ultrasound may be used to better evaluate an abnormality. Your doctor may also recommend a biopsy to test the tissue for cancer cells. 

What is a breast ultrasound?

A breast ultrasound is often used as a follow-up test after an abnormal mammogram or when a lump has been found. A breast ultrasound can examine most abnormal breast changes or mammogram results. It uses sound waves to make a picture of the breast so doctors can get a closer look at any changes that may have been identified from a mammogram. It can determine the exact size, location whether a lump is a solid mass or a fluid-filled cyst, and can provide an imaging guide for a biopsy.

What happens during a breast ultrasound?

Gel is placed on the breast and on a hand held device called a transducer that is moved over the skin to show the tissue beneath.  Sound waves are sent out that pick up echoes from the tissue; these are made into images on a computer screen that a doctor reviews. There is no pain during this test, and it does not use any radiation.

We now offer the latest in breast cancer screening and diagnosis – Digital Breast Tomography (DBT), also known as 3D mammography.

What is DBT?

DBT takes images of the breast from many angles, making a layered 3-dimensional image. The radiologist is then able to look at the breast, one thin image at a time, almost like turning the pages in a book. This means there is much more detail in each image.

A DBT is similar to having a regular digital mammogram. The technologist will position you, compress your breast and take images. DBT is approved for all women who would have a regular digital mammogram, no matter your age, breast type, or if you need screening or diagnosis.

Benefits of DBT

  • Improved cancer detection rates, especially for more invasive cancers
  • A decrease in call-backs for more images
  • The same or slightly lower x-ray dose than a regular digital mammogram

Is DBT covered by insurance?

The charge for DBT is in addition to a regular mammogram charge. All insurances cover DBT, including Medicare. However, please check your insurance policy or discuss with your provider that DBT meets all program requirements for coverage. Please note that benefits may vary.

How will I get my results?

Your results will be sent to your health care provider. Also, we will mail you a letter with the results.

Where is DBT available?

DBT is available at our Scarborough and Falmouth locations. If you are scheduled at our Bramhall location and want a DBT study, please contact us to reschedule. Please call our office at: 207-396-7750 or 800-540-1918.

Other Locations Include:

MaineHealth Breast Care Clinics

MaineHealth breast care clinics offer the full range of breast health services, including cancer detection, imaging, consultation and treatment.

Support and Resources

For additional information about support or assistance for screenings, visit the MaineHealth Access to Care page or the Maine CDC Breast and Cervical Health Program. If you have questions about the Maine CDC program, call 1-800-350-5180