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Kelsey Mohring

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For women with dense breast tissue, supplementing standard mammography with a new [...]

Posted by @kelseydm, Jul 30, 2015

For women with dense breast tissue, supplementing standard mammography with a new imaging technique called molecular breast imaging (MBI) can lower the cost of diagnosis of breast cancers, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology (AJR).


I just had my first mammogram following treatment, and this was never mentioned. I realize it takes awhile for new procedures to be implemented. Is this offered at all Mayo locations? Does insurance, specifically Medicare, cover this additional test? Oh, and my mammogram was Bi-rads 1. NORMAL!!! 🙂

Hello, @jcolby. One place you might look at is this Mayo Clinic page on molecular breast imaging:

You will note it states:
“Typically, if you and your doctor decide you will have molecular breast imaging, it is done every other year along with an annual mammogram.”

This might be something to ask your primary care provider about when you are sent to your next mammogram.

So glad to hear your recent mammogram came back normal!

Hi, again, @jcolby. I realized I neglected to respond to the insurance part of your question about molecular breast imaging. I’m afraid I don’t have the answers related to Medicare and this type of imaging, but you might want to check out this resource:

In addition, this webpage provides information on insurance at Mayo Clinic, which includes:

•Insurance types
•Approval from insurers
•Guidance for denied claims
•International patients
•Uninsured (self-pay) or underinsured patients
•Insurance FAQs
•Glossary of billing and insurance terms
•Contact numbers and online form

You also may want to contact your insurance directly to ask specifically about coverage with molecular breast imaging.

Do you have concerns that standard mammograms may miss something due to your particular tissue? If so, can you tell us more about that?

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