If you’re 40 or older, due for your “routine” mammography screening and have no symptoms, just make an appointment and come on in. No prescription needed. If an abnormality is detected, your nurse navigator will contact your physician or find you one if you don’t have one. Self-referred mammography is covered by most insurances the same way it would be if you had a prescription. Medicaid requires prescriptions for all imaging studies.
“Diagnostic” mammograms still require a prescription. This includes mammos for breast pain, a breast lump, nipple discharge, call-backs, and follow-ups to prior studies and biopsies.