Reading, Pa. — For patients who are due for a screening mammogram or who cannot get a mammogram because they don’t have a primary care physician to write the order, there’s good news with Penn State Health St. Joseph’s new self-referral mammogram service.
The service is available at St. Joseph locations in Exeter and Bern Townships and will enable a woman to obtain a screening mammogram without a doctor’s order by either calling for an appointment or walking in to either location.
Both St. Joseph locations offer the latest 3-D mammogram technology, a non-invasive procedure which can spot small abnormalities that a standard 2-D mammogram might not detect. A screening mammogram simply ‘looks’ for signs of cancer with the goal of detecting it as early as possible – when it’s too small to be felt by a woman or her doctor.
“We know people have very busy lives, and we hope with this program that it makes it easier and more convenient to access this potentially life-saving screening,” says Penn State Health Radiologist Dr. Scott Wise. “Detecting breast cancer early greatly improves a woman’s chance for successful treatment and increases her treatment options.”
Addresses for the screening facilities are:
- Bern Township Campus (2500 Bernville Road, Reading, Pa., 19605) Monday – Friday – 8am to 4pm; Saturday 8am-12pm
- Exeter Ridge location (3970 Perkiomen Avenue, Reading, Pa., 19606) Monday – Friday – 8am to 6pm; Saturday 8am-11:30am.
For those who are self-referring and prefer an appointment can call at 610-378-2100.
Screening mammograms are covered by most insurances. Patients with a history of breast cancer, breast surgery and breast implants may not be eligible for the self-referred screening mammogram.