SVMC announces Saturday hours for screening mammography

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BENNINGTON — For patient convenience, the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center Breast Health and Imaging Center will offer screening mammograms 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. on eight Saturdays this fall. The special Saturday dates include Sept. 12 and 19; Oct. 3, 10, and 24; and Nov. 7, 14, and 21.

The American College of Radiology recommends beginning screening mammograms at age 40 and continuing annually thereafter. The team at SVMC Breast Health and Imaging Center welcomes anyone who has a referral from their primary care provider, OB/GYN, or certified nurse midwife. Once patients have obtained a referral, they should call 802-447-5541, ext. 2, to schedule.

The practice is newly renovated to enhance service and patient comfort. It provides ultrasound — including on breasts, thyroid glands, corodid arteries, and pelvises — and 3D mammography, which can slightly increase the numbers early breast cancers found and possibly reduce the need for repeat testing as compared to 2D mammography.

SVMC's 3D mammography falls within FDA guidelines for radiation exposure. Bone densitometry (DEXA), which is used to measure risk for osteoporosis, is also offered in the Breast Health and Imaging Center.

The practice is open 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and is located in suite 206 of the Medical Office Building located at 140 Hospital Drive in Bennington. Patients may reach them at 802-440-4240.

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