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Mammography FAQ

  • It depends. Your ANNUAL Mammogram could be either a Screening or a Diagnostic Mammogram. A Screening Mammogram is usually covered completely by insurance as part of their “Wellness” package.
  • A Diagnostic Mammogram, however, is processed through your insurance company as a diagnostic exam, so you may have out-of-pocket expenses, based on your co-pay arrangement and whether or not you have met your deductible for the year.
  • Screening Mammography will normally be read within 5 business days, and the report will then be sent to your physician.
  • Diagnostic Mammography will be reviewed immediately by a subspecialized Imaging Physician and the results sent to your physician the same day.
  • When you have your mammogram, you will receive 2 bills:
    • Cedars-Sinai bill for the technical portion.
    • A bill from the Imaging Physician group who interpreted your study.
  • The hospital sends one bill for all visits on the same day. The consolidated statement may list charges for your visit to the Saul and Joyce Brandman Breast Center—A Project of Women's Guild at Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute and will also itemize the charges related to the breast imaging exam you completed. A separate bill will be sent by your doctor and the Imaging Physician.
  • CAD stands for Computer-Aided Detection, a recent advance in the field of breast imaging. 

To schedule an appointment, please call 310-423-8000.

Billing Information

If you have questions about your Cedars-Sinai bill, please contact:

If you have questions about the subspecialized Imaging Physician’s separate bill, please contact:

Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for a mammogram