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For Patients

A mammogram is one of the easiest ways to protect your health.  At the Oak Ridge Breast Center, all mammograms are conducted by fully qualified female radiological technologists.

We know you’re busy. But it only takes a minute to make your appointment and mark your calendar. Simply call (865) 835-3760.

Screening Mammograms

If you’re under 35 years of age, see your doctor.

If you’re 35 years or older, you can schedule your own screening mammogram with the Oak Ridge Breast Center. Current American College of Radiology Guidelines recommend screening mammograms every year beginning at age 40 for women at average risk for breast cancer.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommend annual clinical breast exams.

Diagnostic Mammograms

If you or your physician discovers a lump or suspect a problem, you or your doctor may call for scheduling of the appropriate test.  A physician referral is required for all diagnostic mammograms to ensure appropriate follow up by your treating physician, if necessary.

Appointment Expectations

On the day of your appointment…

  • Wear a two-piece outfit because you’ll be asked to undress from the waist up.
  • Avoid wearing powder, cream or deodorants above the waist.
  • Bring any previous mammograms, if possible, or ask us to order them for you.
  • Bring your driver’s license (or photo ID), insurance identification and policy numbers.
  • Expect to spend a minimum of 45 minutes at the center.

What if?

Not all lumps are malignant. Additional tests are sometimes necessary. If indicated, we’ll recommend that you see your doctor or give you a referral to one of our Methodist Medical Center specialists. Our physicians and technologists are part of a team of specialists who practice at Methodist Medical Center. We can even refer you to counselors and support groups who will help answer your questions and put you to ease.

Guidelines for Mammography

Current American College of Radiology Guidelines recommend screening mammograms every year beginning at age 40 for women at average risk for breast cancer.  The National Comprehensive Cancer Network and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists also recommend annual clinical breast exams.