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Why Choose Buffalo MRI by Windsong for your Breast Imaging?

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

Windsong was the first facility in WNY to receive status as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology (ACR). This designation recognizes Windsong’s commitment and dedication to providing the highest standards of breast imaging quality procedures and assurance as well as employing board-certified radiologists who are experts in the field.

Board Certified, Fellowship Trained Radiologists

Our board certified and fellowship trained radiologists specialize in women’s imaging. Their expertise coupled with the expertise of our highly skilled, motivated and caring team of board certified mammography and ultrasound technologists ensures the highest quality exams.

First to Offer 3D Mammography in Western New York

In addition to being a Breast Center of Excellence, Windsong was also the first in the area to adopt and offer a 3D mammogram in June 2011 at its Williamsville location. Today, Windsong offers this at all of our breast imaging locations, including Williamsville, West Amherst, Hamburg, Lancaster, Snyder and Mobile Mammography.

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What are the benefits of 3D?

  • Even though a regular 2D mammogram is still considered the standard of care, a 3D mammogram can more easily identify breast cancer.
  • Windsong offers 3D mammography to all of our patients, and is especially beneficial for women with dense breast tissue and family history of breast cancer.
  • 3D mammograms can show the radiologists your breast tissue one layer at a time. This makes it easier for them to see through your breast tissue and catch spots on your mammogram that may be a concern.
    • Studies show 3D mammograms can catch breast cancer 35% more than a regular mammogram
    • Studies show you are 38% less likely to get called back for more pictures if you get a 3D mammogram
    • The radiation dose is the same as a 2D mammogram

When should I start getting a screening mammogram?

  • Doctors and scientists agree that catching breast cancer early, when it can be treated more easily, is the best choice.
  • You are eligible for a screening mammogram if you are a woman and:
    • You are age 40 and older at average risk for breast cancer.
    • You are under age 40 and considered at high risk. High risk factors can include:
      • You have a personal history of breast cancer and dense breast tissue OR you were diagnosed with breast cancer before age 50
      • You have a first degree relative with a BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation, but you personally have not been tested for these mutations
      • You have a known ATM, BRCA1 or BRCA2, CDH1, CHEK2, NBN, PALB2, PTEN, STK11, or TP53 gene mutation
      • You had radiation treatment to the chest between the ages of 10 and 30
      • You have a greater than 20% lifetime risk of breast cancer based on risk assessment tools such as the Tyrer-Cuzick modelIf you are at higher risk, we recommend you talk to your doctor about starting screening earlier or including supplemental imaging such as a breast ultrasound or breast MRI. For those with a family history of breast cancer, a breast cancer screening exam is recommended starting 10 years before the age of the earliest diagnosis in the family (not earlier than age 25 and no later than age 40).

What if I am having a breast problem?

  • If you are experiencing a worrisome lump, nipple discharge, a change in breast skin, breast pain, or if you have a strong family history of breast cancer, please contact your doctor. Your doctor will order a more comprehensive breast exam called a diagnostic mammogram.

Do I need a prescription from my doctor to have a mammogram?

  • Yes, a prescription from your doctor is required. You can typically get a script from your  doctor (primary care physician, OBGYN, etc.)
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you schedule your own appointment and arrive without a written order, you may have to reschedule your appointment, or it may result in a longer wait for you, if we cannot get in touch with your physician’s office right away.

Does insurance cover a screening mammogram and diagnostic mammogram?

  • Most insurance companies today are covering 3D and 2D Screening Mammography. Please note that coverage does not mean an insurance carrier will pay in full for the exam. Patients are responsible for any co-pay, co-insurance or high deductible. For more specific information, please contact your insurance carrier
  • A diagnostic mammogram is different from a screening mammogram. You may be subject to a copay, coinsurance or deductible. Contact your health insurance plan to understand your financial responsibility
  • If you are concerned about cost because you are uninsured or underinsured(high deductible, screenings not covered), you may be eligible for Cancer Services Program. Please visit http://www2.erie.gov/cancerservices/index.php?q=eligibility