Frequently Asked Questions

How do I schedule an appointment?

Advanced technology at our office.You can schedule your appointment online or call (912) 335-5328

Can I eat and drink normally before my appointment?

Yes, patients are encouraged to eat or drink prior to their appointment.

Do you offer a “cash discount” and payment plans?

Yes, we offer competitive “cash discount” pricing for all of our services that can be provided to you upon request. We currently accept payment by check or credit card. Please note that some hospitals only list the technical fees associated with an imaging exam on their websites: the professional (radiologist) fees are billed to you after the exam.

Yes, we offer payment plan options.

What to expect during your appointment?

Patients are encouraged to wear 2-piece clothing to their appointment and to avoid deodorant, powder, or lotions. Deodorant, powders, and lotions can cause artifacts on the images and possibly lead to additional tests. Patients will be given a luxurious gown or cape to change into and a technician specifically trained in mammography will take the images. The patient stands next to the x-ray machine with the imaged breast in gentle compression between two plastic plates. A small amount of discomfort is common; optimal compression force is necessary to acquire adequate diagnostic imaging quality.

Why should you get a mammogram?

Screening mammography has been proven to save lives and it could save your life. Screening mammography can detect cancer before it becomes symptomatic (for example, before it is palpable.) The earlier and smaller the cancer is when it is detected, increases the patient’s choices, and increases the patient’s chances for the best possible outcome.

What is the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?

A screening mammogram is recommended for patients who have no symptoms commonly associated with breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is recommended for patients, who are following a probably benign imaging finding seen on a prior diagnostic mammogram and/or ultrasound OR who have symptoms commonly associated with breast cancer.

Is there a risk of radiation exposure from having regular mammograms?

At EBI, special care is taken to use the lowest possible amount of radiation  possible. The benefits of earlier detection and treatment of breast cancer from screening mammography far outweighs any radiation risks. Mammograms have a low dose of radiation when compared to other ionizing radiology exams such at CT (or CAT) scans or a barium examination.

Should you get a mammogram if you are pregnant or breast-feeding?

If you are pregnant or think you could possibly be pregnant, then please inform the technologist prior to any imaging. Typically, screening mammography is not recommended in a pregnant patient due to a low amount of possible radiation to the fetus. If you have a symptom that is concerning breast cancer, then typically ultrasound (no ionizing radiation) is performed first. Mammography may be recommended if there are concerning findings on the ultrasound examination.

What ages should get screening mammograms?

At EBI, we follow the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommendations for screening mammography. In an average risk woman, we recommend yearly mammograms for those 40 – 74 years old. Annual screening for this patient population has been proven to save the most lives. Informed shared decision making between the patient and their primary care provider is recommended for women younger than 40 years old and for women older than 74 years old.

Is a diagnostic mammogram necessary for all breast symptoms?

No, some breast symptoms do not represent breast cancer and therefore additional tests may not be necessary. At EBI, we follow the evidence based ACR Appropriateness Criteria guidelines. For example, no additional tests are recommended for diffuse bilateral breast pain. Screening mammography, however, is still recommended for average risk patients 40-74 years old.

What is your cancellation policy?

Effective 10/10/2022 – We require all payments at the time of your visit. Payment for copays, coinsurance, deductibles and appointment balances are due at the time of service – unless other arrangements have been made with the business office.

Please note, a $50 “No Show” fee will be billed to your account if appointments are not canceled within 24 hours.