Primary Care

Mammogram Van

The mobile Mammogram Van is a convenient way to get the breast cancer screening you need. WWMG is proud to partner with Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to serve our patients and the public with this important resource.

Call 425-740-2611 to schedule your screening today.

Who is the Mammogram Van for?

  • Women age 40 and older who have not had a mammogram in the past year
  • WWMG patients and the general public

Dates & Locations

  • Friday, July 22: Marysville Family Medicine – 4404 80th NE, Marysville
  • Friday, August 26: Everett Family Medicine – 12728 19th Ave SE, Everett
  • Monday, September 19: Lake Serene Clinic – 3501 Shelby Road, Lynnwood
  • Wednesday, September 21: Snohomish Family Medicine – 629 Avenue D, Snohomish

…more dates coming soon!

Why should you have a mammogram?

Mammograms are the foundation of breast cancer screening.  An annual screening mammogram is one of the best methods available to detect breast cancer in its early stages when it’s easer to treat successfully.

Screening tests are done on a regular schedule for people with no breast cancer symptoms. These tests identify signs that might otherwise go unnoticed. People with smaller, early-stage breast cancer have more treatment options and a better chance for a full recovery and a long, healthy life.

Is a mammogram covered by insurance?

Yes. Most insurance plans cover 3D mammograms at 100% as preventive screenings.

Do you need a referral to get a mammogram?

No referral is needed for a screening mammogram. You will need a referral to get a diagnostic mammogram.

What to expect at your mammogram appointment

The average appointment time is about 15 minutes. Upon arrival, you will be asked to verify and sign your registration forms. You will then go to a private dressing room to change into a gown. Your technologist will escort you to the exam room for your X-ray.

After the exam, you will return to your dressing room to change and you are done. The results of your exam will be mailed to you and your primary care provider within 7-10 business days. Your insurance company will be billed directly for this screening.

What should you bring to your appointment?

Please bring the name and address of your primary care provider, your medical insurance card, and a picture ID. You will be asked to remove any deodorant, lotions, or creams at your appointment.

How does a mammogram work?

mammogram uses X-rays to take images of your breast.

SCCA’s MammoVan uses the most advanced technology for mammograms: 3D mammography. It gives the radiologist a detailed, layer-by-layer picture of your breast. With these images, a radiologist can see abnormal areas that may be too small for you or your health care provider to feel.

2D mammography takes one image of your breast from above and one from the side. 3D mammography takes many images from both angles. It uses high-powered computing to convert the images into a stack of layers, or “slices.” Each layer is only 1 millimeter thick.

With these layers, your radiologist can see breast cancers more clearly and provide a more confident assessment. 3D mammography might reduce your need for follow-up tests of tissue that is normal but could seem abnormal on a 2D image.

What are the risks of a mammogram?

For most patients, the benefits of getting a mammogram outweigh the risks. But, like all tests, mammograms are not completely risk-free. Mammograms should not be painful. If you feel any pain, let your technologist know so they can reposition your breast.

Most breast cancers can be seen on mammograms, but some cannot. If you have breast concerns, talk with your physician or breast health specialist. This is important even if you just had a mammogram that did not show any problems.

A mammogram can also result in a false alarm, showing a possible problem that turns out not to be cancer after you have more tests, like other scans or a biopsy. At SCCA, false alarms happen for fewer than 10 in 100 patients. This is better than the average rate for health care facilities in the United States.

Mammograms require the use of a small amount of radiation. This level of radiation is very safe. It is smaller than the amount you would get in your daily life over two months.


How to schedule your mammogram:

Call 425-740-2611 to schedule your screening today.


This service is a partnership between   and   scca seattle cancer care alliance logo

 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Imaging Program is an accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence offering state-of-the-art digital technology with specialized radiologists dedicated exclusively to breast health.