Breast Screening Services
The Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center is a dedicated screening facility offering state-of-the-art imaging services in a supportive, private, and comfortable setting. Our staff schedules appointments quickly and efficiently and ensures that you are provided with your results as soon as possible.
Although monthly breast self-exams aid in the identification of breast changes, a mammogram can show changes in the breast up to two years before these can be felt. A mammogram is an X-ray of the internal tissue of a breast, which aids in detecting and diagnosing breast disease. During a mammogram, the breast is pressed between two plates to flatten and spread the tissue. The pressure lasts only a few seconds while the image is taken, using very low levels of radiation.
The Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center uses state-of-the-art digital mammography, which captures breast images and records them as computer images rather than on X-ray film. Images are then transmitted electronically to the diagnostic facility, where radiologists analyze the mammogram on a computer-aided detection (CAD) system that allows images to be electronically manipulated, permitting the physician to magnify subtle, but potentially significant changes. This advanced system can help detect cancer at its earliest stages, which results in better outcomes.
Who Should Be Screened
Women 40 years of age or older and have not had a screening mammogram in the last year, and are not experiencing breast problems.
- Do not use powder or deodorant on the day of your exam.
- Schedule your mammogram after your menstrual period, when breasts are less tender.
- Bring your previous mammogram records with you if you were screened elsewhere.
If the findings are positive, indicating an abnormality, you will be contacted immediately. You and your doctor or the Cancer Screening Program will also receive a letter in the mail reporting your screening outcome. You will additionally receive telephone notification and referral to our diagnostic center for additional testing.
Accessing Our Services
Breast Screening Services
Women with medical insurance who have not had a mammogram in the last year in need of an annual screening mammogram should call 212-305-9335 and press option 1 to speak with our call center to schedule an appointment.
Women who do not have insurance may be eligible for a free mammogram through The Manhattan Cancer Services Program. If you live in Manhattan, are 40 years of age or older, have not had a screening mammogram in the last year, please call 212-851-4516 for an appointment.
Special Services for NYP Employees
You have to stay healthy because we're counting on you to help our patients get healthy. One important step you can take to be healthy is to get a mammogram and a pap smear – the best way to fight breast cancer and cervical cancer is to catch them early.
We appreciate your work in providing AMAZING care for our patients. We want to help you by arranging convenient appointments that fit into your schedule.
For more information and appointments, please call 212-851-4516.