Ask the Doctors
Will I get my results the same day?
Patients scheduled between the hours of 9am and 2pm are giving the opportunity to receive the verbal results before leaving the office. All patients are welcome to call the office after 2pm for results. Results are faxed to your doctor’s office on the same day as your exam.
Some women- most often women receiving their first mammogram are called back for additional mammographic views; however, this shouldn’t be cause for alarm. Oftentimes more views are needed to confirm that an abnormality is simply benign. A member of our staff will contact you personally if a diagnostic mammogram is needed.
Is the facility ACR accredited or in accreditation and does it offer state of the art equipment like digital mammography?
The American College of Radiology accredits mammography facilities which meet standards of both technical and professional competency. Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA for full-field digital mammography and ultrasound.
What is dense breasts?
The issue of breast density has been a hot topic over the last several years. Many women are told they have “dense breasts” on their mammograms, but most are not sure what that means. Breast density refers to the amount of fibrous and glandular tissue that appears on a woman’s mammogram. The fibrous and glandular breast tissue seen on a mammogram is white. The fatty tissue on a mammogram appears dark. A woman with dense breast tissue will have more fibrous and glandular tissue than fatty tissue and so her mammogram will appear more white. A woman whose breast tissue is primarily fatty replaced will have a mammogram that looks more dark. There are 4 categories of breast density (also called a density score) that a radiologist uses for describing a patient’s mammogram:
- Class A (or 1): Fatty
- Class B (or 2): Scattered fibroglandular density
- Class C (or 3): Heterogeneously dense
- Class D (or 4): Extremely dense
What are the insurance/payment policies at Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace?
We participate with the following Providers:
- Horizon NJ Health
- Tricare/Tricare for Life
- Anthem BCBS
- United Healthcare
- Railroad Medicare
- Empire BSCS
- NJ Medicaid
If you don’t see your carrier listed please call our office to confirm or you may verify directly with your carrier. To verify if we are in your plan call the number on the back of your card. You will need to provide our tax ID number 22-1904560
Will I struggle to find parking?
There are many parking spaces surrounding the facility parking is not an issue at Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace.
How should I prepare.
- To help minimize discomfort during your exam, schedule your mammogram during the two weeks following your menstrual cycle (when breasts are less tender).
- Please bring a disc or films from any prior mammograms, if done at a facility other than Little Silver-HerSpace. If you would like Little Silver-HerSpace to request these on your behalf, please fill out our medical records release form. (NOTE: Please complete this form one month prior to your appointment, as it could take up to three weeks to obtain films from out of state.)
- Please bring any pertinent history to your appointment: prior surgeries, hormone use, family or personal history of breast cancer./li>
- On the day of the examination, do not wear talcum powder, deodorant, lotion or perfume under your arms or on your breasts. These substances can cause artifacts on your mammogram, making the images harder to interpret. Deodorant will be available after your exam.
- Wear two-piece clothing so that you only have to remove your top and bra for the examination.
What should I expect
Most mammogram appointments take less than 20 minutes and require no real preparation. Your mammogram will be performed by a mammography-certified, female technologist. After you check in, you will be escorted to a private dressing room, where you will be asked to undress from the waist up. You will be given a gown that opens in the front. The technologist will ask you several questions, so she can better understand your history and/or any problems you may be having. During your appointment, breast compression may cause some brief discomfort, but it shouldn’t be painful. Breast compression helps facilitate better x-rays by flattening the breast so that the maximum amount of tissue can be examined. This allows for a lower X-ray dose, and holding the breast in place prevents blurring on the mammogram.
How accurate is Mammography
Mammography is the breast screening tool for breast cancer available today; however, mammograms do not detect all breast cancers. In these cases, Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace has all of the tools available to provide an accurate diagnosis:
- Screening Breast Ultrasound
- Breast Needle Biopsy
- Dedicated Breast MRI
Do I need to retrieve my old films and records?
If prior films from another facility exist, it is well worth your effort to bring them with you on the day of your appointment at Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace. Breast imagers look for subtle changes in the tissue patterns in the breast which could signify an early developing cancer. These findings often cannot be appreciated without the benefit of film comparison. Call the outside radiology facility where you had your prior study and request that the films be made available on a disc for you to sign out in person or for mailing directly to Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace. The facility will likely require a signed release form. Leave at least a week’s time before your mammography appointment to obtain the prior studies. Your prior studies will then be safely stored at Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace, so that this film retrieval is a one-time effort on your part.
What if I need to cancel my appointment?
Little Silver Mammography & HerSpace strives to deliver the highest level of imaging services in the most respectful and compassionate way possible. However, it is difficult to provide access to care when appointment slots go unfilled because patients cancel at the last moment or simply do not show up. We are asking all patients to be mindful of our requirement to provide at least 24 hours notice whenever an appointment cannot be kept. After hours, a message can be left on our answering machine by calling our regular office telephone number.