Frequently asked questions
What insurance plans do you accept?
Do I need a doctor referral to make an appointment?
Depending on the reason you are having an exam, the type of exam you are scheduling and what your insurance covers, a referral is sometimes required. If you have Medicare, you must have a referral. It is best to call our office if you have a question concerning a referral.
How far in advance do I need to make an appointment?
At Breastnet, we are committed to being the most responsive breast imaging center in Arizona. We can usually schedule your appointment within 72 hours of your call. In the case of a new breast lump, we will see you on the next business day.
How long does a mammogram take?
A digital mammogram takes about 10 minutes and is reviewed immediately by the radiologist.
Screening whole breast ultrasound takes approximately 20 minutes and about about another 10 minutes for radiological review.
How long will it take for my doctor to receive the results of my test?
Because all exams are completed in our office by our physicians, your results are made available to you at the conclusion of your appointment. Results will be sent to your physician within 24 hours of your examination.
Who conducts mammograms?
At Breastnet, all exams are completed by female mammography technologists with more than 5 years of experience each.
Who will discuss the results of my test with me?
Our Breastnet physicians sit down with you upon the conclusion of your exam and review the results of your test immediately. When you leave Breastnet, you will have your results. Unfortunately, Medicare does not cover this consultation. If you are on Medicare, our physician will interpret your results while you are at Breastnet and you will be given your results by our technologist. If, however, you have a new finding on your mammogram, our physician will consult with you immediately in order for you to have a full understanding of your results prior to leaving.
What type of payments are accepted at Breastnet?
We accept MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Debit Cards, HSA Cards, checks or cash.
Do you take Medicare?
Why is a mammogram better than a thermogram?
What is a Breast MRI
MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves together with a computer to create cross-sectional, three-dimensional pictures of the breast.
MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging, but rather is a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities. Medical studies now show breast MRI can contribute to the early detection of, and prevention of, deaths from breast cancer. Recent research has demonstrated that MRI can detect some small breast lesions sometimes missed by mammography.
Breast MRI, with contrast injection, can find cancers that are not seen on a mammogram or more rarely on breast ultrasound screening. Breast MRI is now indicated in young women at high risk for breast cancer.
Breast MRI is also indicated in patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer particularly if they have dense breast tissue or cancers difficult to see on a mammogram.
What's the difference between 2D and 3D mammograms?
I have breast implants. Is it safe to get a mammogram?
Yes. However, if you have had them recently put in or replaced, you need to wait six months in order to let them fully heal and settle.