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Breast Imaging

Billing questions

Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System
Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Huron Valley Radiology, PC, 866-744-1452
Monday - Thursday,
8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Request a price estimate

To request an estimate call 734-712-1500 or fill our web form.

Frequently Asked Questions

Prior images are an important part of your current exam!

Patient Resources

It is well proven that mammography saves lives. At Saint Joseph Mercy Breast Imaging, our mission is to provide the community with advanced imaging technologies designed for the early detection of breast cancer, and to encourage good personal breast health for all women through education and compassionate care.

As a leader in breast cancer detection, Saint Joseph Mercy Breast Imaging has been offering cutting-edge services and technology for over 30 years. We are also a member of Trinity Health’s Mercy Cancer Network, one of Michigan’s largest cancer care networks. You can take confidence in knowing your procedure will be interpreted by dedicated Board Certified Radiologists specializing in Breast Imaging. 

Our high standards of patient care are supported by our many nationally recognized accreditations. Our "triple crown" of quality accreditations include Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (ACR), Certified Quality Breast Center (NQMBC) and accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). 


We are pleased to now offer 3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis) to our patients. The benefits of this cutting-edge technology include increased cancer detection and reduced recall imaging. 3D Mammography is especially helpful in imaging women with dense breast tissue. Ask about scheduling your 3D Mammogram today.

Do you have questions about Breast Density? Click here to view our informational brochure.

Digital Screening Mammography is offered at the following Saint Joseph Mercy Health System locations:

  • St. Joseph Mercy Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center (Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Campus)
    5320 Elliott Drive, Suite 100
    Ypsilanti, MI 48197 Map & Directions
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 5:40 p.m. (Select Saturday Hours Available)
    Schedule Online

  • St. Joseph Mercy Livingston (Howell)
    620 Byron Road
    Howell, MI 48843 Map & Directions
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:20 a.m. – 5:40 p.m.
    Schedule Online 

  • St. Joseph Mercy Arbor Health Center (Plymouth)
    990 West Ann Arbor Trail
    Plymouth, MI 48170 Map & Directions 
    Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:40 p.m.
    Schedule Online

  • St. Joseph Mercy Canton
    1600 S. Canton Center Road
    Canton, MI 48188 Map & Directions
    Hours: Tuesday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 3:40 p.m. (Select Monday, Friday & Saturday Hours Available)
    Schedule Online

  • St. Joseph Mercy Brighton
    7575 Grand River Road
    Brighton, MI 48114 Map & Directions
    Hours: Monday – Friday, 7:10 a.m. – 4:40 p.m.
    Schedule Online

Screening examinations are read separately and a report is sent promptly to the ordering physician.  A letter stating results and recommendations is mailed to the patient within 10-30 days. Patients requiring additional imaging are notified by phone within 1-2 business days, with appointments available immediately.

You may also gain access to your results utilizing the Saint Joseph Mercy Patient Portal (must be previously registered to utilize). Reports are typically available on the Patient Portal five days after your exam.

Diagnostic mammography is available at the Ellen Thompson Women’s Health Center and at St. Joseph Mercy Livingston. A physical breast exam by a trained mammography technologist is included in the diagnostic examination. Women receiving a diagnostic examination will obtain same day verbal results or recommendations before leaving the Breast Center.  

Other diagnostic imaging procedures available include:

  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Breast Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound-guided core biopsy
  • Stereotactic core biopsy
  • Needle localization
  • Breast MRI and MRI-guided core biopsy or localization

Patients diagnosed with breast cancer are connected with a Breast Health Nurse Navigator. The Navigator helps coordinate care with all members of the breast health team at Saint Joseph Mercy Health System’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Comprehensive Cancer Center is a multi-disciplinary clinic available for patients where a treatment team comprised of physicians and other health care providers meet and form an individualized plan of care. The Breast Imaging Center works collaboratively with the clinic to ensure imaging and diagnostic needs are met.

Frequently Asked Questions

Will my medical insurance cover the cost of a mammogram?
Prior to your appointment, we advise that you contact your insurance company. Ask if screening and diagnostic mammography, as well as breast ultrasound, are covered and how often. Also, check your coverage for deductibles or co-pays in each category. Mammography coverage varies from one insurance plan to another and can change annually. Specific procedures are performed based on patient symptoms and clinical need.  Depending on your insurance coverage, the patient may be responsible for facility and radiologist fees. 

What is a screening mammogram?
A yearly screening mammogram is recommended by the American Cancer Society for women age 40 and older to check for breast cancer even if there are no visible signs or symptoms of the disease. Typically, two X-rays of each breast are obtained. A breast physical examination is not performed during a routine screening mammogram.

What is a diagnostic mammogram?
A diagnostic mammogram is performed when patients are having or have had an area of concern in their breast. Specialized X-rays of the symptomatic breast are obtained as directed by the radiologist. A breast physical examination may also be performed. 

If your doctor orders a diagnostic mammogram, your insurance company may, or may not, cover the cost.

How do I know what exam is recommended for me?
Be sure to tell your doctor if you notice any changes in your breast so she/he can decide which type of mammogram is best for you. Your referring physician will have a copy of your most recent mammogram report. If you have concerns about your mammography insurance coverage, please be sure to let your physician know. 

Is there information I need to share with the scheduler when making an appointment?
Please inform the scheduler if you have any breast changes or concerns, e.g. pain, lump or discharge, if you have breast implants, any special needs or if you are breast feeding.

How should I prepare for my appointment?

  • Plan to allow a total of 45-60 minutes for your mammography appointment. Please allow an additional 45-60 minutes if you are also having a breast ultrasound.
  • Wear a two–piece outfit if possible, as you will be asked to undress completely from the waist up.
  • On the day of your exam, do NOT wear deodorant, perfume, powder or lotion. A shower or bath is recommended prior to your exam, as hygiene products can show on a mammogram as an abnormality.
  • Please make arrangements for the care of your children during your exam. Radiology Services does not have anyone available to supervise your children.

Do I need to bring my previous mammograms from another facility to my appointment?
It is very important that you obtain images if performed at a facility other than Saint Joseph Mercy Health System either on film or CD.  Please bring them with you to your appointment. Prior images are critical to the radiologist who uses them to look for changes over the years. When prior images are not available, additional exams or images may be needed or the interpretation of your mammogram may be delayed.

Do I need a signed physician order for breast imaging procedures?
A signed physician order is required for your breast imaging evaluation. If your physician gave you an order, you will need to bring it to your appointment. If your physician’s office faxed your order to Central Scheduling, you do not need to bring the order on the day of your service.

How will I receive my results?
Results are sent to your physician and a letter is mailed to you within 30 days of your examination.  If special views are needed, you will receive a phone call from the Breast Imaging Center within 48 hours of your exam. In most cases, verbal results are given at the end of this call back appointment.

Reminder letters are also mailed to patients to schedule their next mammogram. If you have a question about your reminder letter, or did not get a result letter, please call the Breast Imaging Center at 734-712-5907.

Why do some patients receive same day mammogram results?
Patient’s having a diagnostic mammogram get verbal results and recommendations on the same day as their mammogram. This includes patients with a current issue or that are having a follow-up exam. 

Who can I call if I have clinical questions?
Your primary care doctor should be your first resource if you have questions about your breast health.  You may also speak with a certified Radiology Breast Imaging Navigator or an Oncology Nurse Navigator by calling 734-712-5907.

What is CAD?
CAD stands for Computer-Aided Detection. This is a component of software used to assist the radiologist in identifying abnormalities on a mammogram.  CAD is used on all screening mammograms and most diagnostic mammograms. Patients do not have the option of whether CAD is utilized or not. 

Can I have a breast ultrasound instead of a mammogram?
A Breast Ultrasound cannot replace a mammogram. It may be recommended by a radiologist to further image the breast tissue and provide additional information. Both exams are used together. When a mammogram shows a mass, a breast ultrasound can help the radiologist understand if it is filled with fluid, like a cyst, or if it is solid.

Can I have a breast MRI instead of a mammogram?
Breast MRI cannot replace a mammogram. Breast MRI can sometimes be helpful when someone is in a category called High Risk or for those who have a breast cancer diagnosis.  If your doctor orders a diagnostic breast MRI, a recent mammogram within the last 8 months is required so the radiologist can compare the MRI result with the mammogram. If your doctor orders a screening breast MRI, a mammogram is required within the last 12-13 months.

How can I find out the cost of a mammogram, breast ultrasound or other breast imaging procedures?
Please refer to the general FAQ’s for information on how to obtain price estimates for mammography procedures. Patient’s may call the SJMHS estimate line at 734-712-7392 (option 3 for facility estimates)

SJMHS also offers financial assistance program through the financial counseling department is reachable at 734-712-2009.

Who can I call if I have billing questions?
Depending on your procedure, you may receive two bills.

  • One bill is for the facility fee where you were seen.
  • The second bill is from Huron Valley Radiology, P.C. for the radiologist interpretation of your procedure.

If you have questions about your bill from:

  • Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, call 734-712-3700 or toll-free 800-676-0431 Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Huron Valley Radiology, PC, call toll-free 888-856-9416 Monday - Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Frequently Asked Questions for Obtaining Prior Outside Images

Why are prior mammography images important?

The radiologist needs your prior images for comparison in order to look for changes in your breast tissue. Having available priors will reduce your chance of having to return for additional imaging and will also aid in the interpretation of your current study.

Do I need to have my prior mammography images before my appointment?

Yes. We encourage patients obtain their prior images before their appointment. This saves time as it takes approximately two weeks to receive prior studies from an outside facility, which may delay your care. In some circumstances, you may be rescheduled if prior images are not available at the time of your exam.

Can I call my Doctor's Office to obtain my prior images?

No. Your doctor's office will not have your actual mammography images, only prior mammography reports. The radiologist needs your actual images for visual comparison. These images (along with the corresponding report) are kept at the facility where your imaging was done. If you can't remember where your prior imaging was done, your doctor's office may be able to tell you the facility if they have a prior report.

How do I go about obtaining my prior images and reports?

You will need to contact the facility where your prior imaging was done. To aid in this process, please print a copy of our Patient Consent for Release of Imaging form. Fill out this form in its entirety and contact the facility at which you had your prior imaging. After confirming your images are still available, you will need to fax, mail or drop off the signed consent to that facility.

Once the facility mails your images to your home, call St. Joseph Mercy Central Scheduling (at 800-396-1313) to schedule your mammogram appointment. Let the scheduler know you have obtained your prior images. Make sure to bring your images and reports to your appointment.

If I want to schedule my appointment before I have my images, how far out should I make my appointment?

Please anticipate scheduling at least two weeks out, as this is the approximate amount of time it takes to receive your images in the mail. This time frame can be shortened by picking up your images from the prior facility and bringing them to your appointment. For a more accurate time frame, ask the prior facility when you contact them. 

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