The Woman's Imaging Group Frequently Asked Questions


Many women have questions and are nervous when preparing for imaging services and mammograms. Here at The Woman’s Imaging Group, we want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible, and have provided answers to some of our most frequently asked questions to help put you at ease.

FAQs

  1. What is women’s imaging?

    Women’s imaging is a subspecialty radiology class focusing on breast, bone and overall gynecologic health in women. The Woman’s Imaging Group in Norcross and Marietta, GA offers women’s imaging services that include:


  2. Do I need a referral from my general physician?

    The Woman’s Imaging Group in Norcross and Marietta, GA does not require physician referral for a screening mammogram with no symptoms.


    The Woman’s Imaging Group typically requires physician referrals for our imaging procedures, including:


    Women experiencing symptoms such as a breast lump, nipple discharge, or breast pain must first visit their physician for a clinical breast exam before receiving a mammogram.


  3. What materials should I bring to my first appointment?

    First-time patients at The Woman’s Imaging Group are requested to bring any previous mammogram records, as well as the completed patient history and routine registration form. Women seeking mammograms without the referral of a general practitioner are requested to additionally complete the self-referral acknowledgement. All patient forms are conveniently located on our website.


    Any patients with health insurance, as well as a photo ID, should also bring this information to the first appointment at The Woman’s Imaging Group.


  4. How should I prepare for an imaging or ultrasound procedure?

    When preparing for an imaging procedure, women should refrain from wearing any powders, creams, lotions, or deodorant as well as any jewelry (if possible) from the waist up. Some procedures may not require you to change into an examination gown, so you should wear clothing without any metal.


    Please inform our technologists if there is a chance you may be pregnant. There are typically no restrictions to food or drink prior to mammogram procedures at The Woman’s Imaging Group. Some ultrasound studies may require patients to refrain from eating or drinking for 6 to 8 hours or to drink 32 ounces of water to fill their bladder.


  5. Are all imaging procedures available at both locations?

    Our imaging exams, mammograms, and ultrasound imaging procedures are available in both our Norcross and Marietta, GA locations. Full biopsy services are offered at our Marietta, GA location.


  6. When should I start receiving regular mammograms if breast cancer runs in my family?

    The American Cancer Society recommends that women between 20 and 30 years of age receive clinical breast exams at least once every three years. Women who are 40 and over should receive yearly breast exams, though these recommendations may vary and may need to be performed more often depending upon your family’s history with breast cancer.


    The American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network recommend women with a strong family history of breast cancer - that is, two or more first degree relatives - begin receiving regular mammograms at age 30, and every year following. Women at a higher risk of developing breast cancer may also be recommended to receive yearly breast MRIs and breast ultrasound studies.


  7. At what age should I receive my first mammogram?

    Women at an average risk of developing breast cancer should begin receiving yearly mammograms at age 40, according to the American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.


  8. Should I receive regular mammograms even though I have breast implants?

    Yes. Women with breast implants should receive regular mammograms, though breast implants typically obscure the images of the breast tissue, often interfering with the interpretation of the mammogram.


    In our Norcross and Marietta, Georgia, facilities, our technologists and radiologists incorporate the latest techniques to improve the mammogram results than traditional, routine views. However, the degree of improvement does depend greatly upon the amount of scar tissue surrounding the implant, as well as the age and type of breast implant.


    The majority of women with breast implants receive mammograms without issue. On very rare occasions, women with breast implants may be affected following a mammogram procedure; however, we believe that the early detection of breast cancer using mammography provides far greater benefits than the risk of implant injury.


  9. I’m nervous about my first appointment; can I bring a friend with me?

    At the Woman’s Imaging Group, we understand that women’s imaging studies can be quite unnerving. If you are nervous about your first appointment, we always welcome and encourage you to bring a friend or family member with you. However, due to patient privacy and safety precautions, we do not allow friends or family members into the exam areas; however, should you come alone, our staff is trained to keep you at ease throughout the entire process.


  10. If the radiologist recommends further imaging, will I need to make a separate appointment?

    No. Depending upon the results of your imaging procedures, our highly-certified radiologists may recommend further imaging procedures. Our proprietary Pink Compass Patient Navigation Tool offers our patients the comfort and convenience of completing additional exams during the same office visit.


  11. How quickly will I receive the results of my exam?

    Our proprietary FastTrack option allows our patients to receive the results of an imaging procedure within an hour of the procedure. Patients who choose not to wait for the results of imaging procedures will receive their results via mail, which we send within 24 hours. If a patient requires a follow-up study, our office will call immediately to schedule these procedures.


  12. What is “Pink Compass”?

    Our proprietary Pink Compass Patient Navigation Tool aids our patients through the convoluted and often complicated process of women’s imaging and breast cancer diagnosis. The Pink Compass provides expedited procedure results, as well as oncologist recommendations and personalized follow-up care.


    We believe, “Women first, and breast cancer second.” This proprietary tool serves to alleviate any difficulty associated with breast cancer, from early detection to following treatment.


  13. Will I experience a lot of pain during the imaging procedures at The Woman’s Imaging Group?

    Most women experience some discomfort during imaging procedures, which our technologists can often alleviate through several adjustments. If you experience any pain due to the imaging procedures, please inform the technologist so that she or he may reduce your discomfort.


  14. Will my health insurance cover the costs of these imaging procedures?

    We accept most insurance plans including Medicaid and Medicare, and offer very affordable self-pay imaging rates. Most insurance plans will cover one screening mammogram per year, though diagnostic mammograms are sometimes subject to deductibles and/or co-insurance fees.


    Please contact your health insurance provider for details and verification of your benefits, as well as our Norcross and Marietta, Georgia, offices to ensure that your insurance plan is accepted prior to your first appointment.


  15. What methods can I use throughout the year to practice good breast health?

    Many factors contribute to a woman’s breast health and risk of developing breast cancer. While some of these factors are sometimes beyond our control, such as family history and genetics, there are some factors that may be controlled.


    The Woman’s Imaging Group in metro Atlanta recommends practicing good breast self-awareness throughout the year between clinical exams or mammograms. Understanding what is normal for your breasts will alert you when your breasts look or feel wrong.


    You can decrease your risk for breast cancer by:

    • Performing monthly breast self-exams that can alert you to any early warning signs of breast cancer.
    • Exercising and maintaining a healthy weight.
    • Drinking no more than 1-2 alcoholic beverages per day.
    • Having children/ breastfeed before age 30.
    • Talking to your doctor about other options.