Breast + Women's Health

Additional Information

The information below will help you prepare for your visit to The Breast Center.

Imaging Appointments

What to Expect During Your Imaging Appointment

Upon entering The Breast Center, you will be greeted by a member of our staff who will check you in and may ask you to complete a medical questionnaire. A member of the staff will then escort you to a private changing area, then to the screening room.

The technologist who will be conducting the screening will review your medical history and ask about any symptoms you’ve been experiencing related to your breasts. After that discussion, the screening will begin. Routine mammograms take approximately 45 minutes. Your results will be mailed to you and your physician within a week.

Women who are coming to The Breast Center for diagnostic tests will have an experience similar to what is described above, but the procedure may also include an ultrasound and will last at least two hours. The breast imaging specialist will review your images with you that day. Your physician will receive a written report.

What to Bring to Your Imaging Appointment

  • Your prescription and referral, if needed, from your physician
  • Your health insurance card(s)
  • Photo ID
  • Medical history
  • Any images or results from previous mammograms, ultrasounds, and/or MRIs conducted at other radiology centers or hospitals
  • List of any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking

Additional Important Information

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • Tell us if you are or may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Let us know if you have breast implants.
  • If you have had a breast biopsy, please tell us where and when.
  • To minimize your discomfort, schedule your exam at least three days after the end of your period, when your breasts are less tender.On the day of your appointment, do not wear powders, perfumes, deodorant or lotions on your upper body or underarm areas.

DEXA Scan Appointments

What to Expect During Your DEXA Scan

After checking in at the front desk, a technologist will escort you to the exam room, review your medical history, ask some additional questions, and explain the procedure. During the scan you will either lie down or sit in a chair depending on whether your hip, spine, or wrist is being scanned. The scan will take about 30 minutes. You may leave immediately after the test. Your physician will receive the results.

What to Bring to Your DEXA Scan Appointment

  • Your prescription and referral, if needed, from your physician
  • Your health insurance card(s)
  • Photo ID
  • Medical history
  • List of any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking

Additional Important Information

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • Tell us if you are or may be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take any calcium supplements for 24 hours before your scan. You may take Fosamax and multivitamins.
  • If you have recently had a nuclear medicine study or an x-ray that used contrast material (DYE), be sure to schedule your DEXA exam at least one week after those tests.

High Risk Counseling/Genetic Testing Appointments

What to Expect During your High Risk Counseling/Genetic Testing Appointment

Prior to your appointment, please visit HighlandMedicalPC.com and download the Genetic New Patient forms. Please bring those completed forms with you.

On the day of the appointment, you may eat and drink as usual and take all medications as prescribed.

After checking in at the front desk, you will be escorted to speak to the counselor in a private room. Much of this conversation will center on your family’s health history, so please bring as much detail as possible. Depending on your risk factors, the counselor may recommend a Genetic Test, which involves a simple blood draw. You may want to wear a shirt with sleeves that can be easily rolled up.

The specimen will be sent to an independent laboratory who will deal directly with your insurance company. You will be notified of any costs that are your responsibility. You may decide to cancel the test or proceed to pay your portion of the costs. If you decide to proceed, you will receive the results of the test and recommendations based on the findings.

Consultation times may vary, but you should allow at least 90 minutes. If you prefer, you may bring a family member or friend with you for support.

What to Bring to your High Risk Counseling/Genetic Testing Appointment

  • A referral, if needed, from your physician
  • Your health insurance card(s)
  • Photo ID
  • New patient forms (please complete prior to arrival)
  • Detailed family health history
  • List of any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking

Additional Important Information

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.

Surgical Consultations

What to Expect During Your Surgical Consultation?

Prior to your appointment, please visit HighlandMedicalPC.com and download the Surgical New Patient forms. Please bring those completed forms with you.

On the day of the appointment, you may eat and drink as usual and take all medications as prescribed.

After checking in at the front desk, you will be escorted to speak to the surgeon in a private room. Much of this conversation will center on your and your family’s health history, so please bring as much detail as possible. You will discuss all of the surgical options available to you, including benefits, and possible risk factors.

Consultation times may vary, but you should allow for at least 90 minutes. We recommend that you bring a family member or friend with you for support.

What to Bring to Your Surgical Consultation

  • A referral, if needed, from your physician
  • Your health insurance card(s)
  • Photo ID
  • New patient forms (please complete prior to arrival)
  • Detailed personal and family health history
  • List of any prescription or over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are currently taking

Additional Important Information

  • If you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, please call at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time.
  • On the day of your appointment, please do not wear any perfumes, powders, colognes or scented lotions.