If you’re a woman over 40 and it’s been more than a year since your last mammogram, you’re likely due for another. Fortunately, it’s more convenient than ever to get one at Beaumont.
Beaumont is offering walk-in screening mammograms at nine locations from 4 - 8 p.m. on Walk-In Wednesday, Oct 16.
Space is limited. You must have a paper or electronic script for a screening mammogram from your doctor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is Walk-In Wednesday?
Because we know it can be tough to make an appointment for a mammogram, Beaumont is opening the doors of nine locations across Southeast Michigan for walk-in screening mammograms. The number of mammograms at each site is limited and will be offered on
a first come, first served basis.
What do I need to bring to Walk-In Wednesday?
Please be sure to bring your paper script for a screening mammogram or confirm in advance that you have an order in your Epic electronic medical record. To confirm, log in to your myBeaumontChart account and
look under Visits > Upcoming tests and procedures.
Are the mammograms free?
No, but most insurance plans cover screening mammograms. So, if you have insurance, you will likely not have to pay out of pocket on Walk-In Wednesday. However, you may want to check with your insurance provider. If you do not have
insurance, a cash pay option is available.
How long will I have to wait?
Patients will be registered and given screenings mammograms on a first come, first served basis starting at 4 p.m. Each screening takes around 20 minutes. Unfortunately, we cannot predict how long any individual will have to wait. The registration staff
on site will do their best to advise on wait times throughout the evening. They will also be available to help you schedule an appointment at a future date if you’d prefer.
What if all the walk-in openings are full when I arrive?
If all the site’s walk-in openings have been filled when you arrive, the registration staff will help you schedule a mammogram for a future date. Beaumont offers mammograms at 17 convenient locations throughout Southeast Michigan, including some with evening and weekend appointments.
What happens at a mammogram screening?
When you arrive, you will check in and be taken to an area to undress from the waist up. It’s helpful to wear a two-piece outfit to make it easier. You will be given a gown to wear while you wait. Don’t wear deodorant or perfume before the
When you are called into the mammogram room, you’ll see a large machine and a technician. For each breast, you will undo the gown on that side, raise your arm up over the machine, and lean into it. The technician will position your breast in the
machine between two flat plates and then compress your breast as you hold still. You will be asked to hold your breath for a moment while the X-ray is taken, and then the machine will release your breast. The whole procedure will probably take around
While your breast is compressed, there can be some discomfort and possibly mild pain – the tissue simply isn’t accustomed to being stretched and compressed. But the discomfort lasts only seconds and goes away as soon as the mammography machine
releases the breast.
Watch our video on what to expect from your first mammogram.
I have a script for a diagnostic mammogram. Can I come to Walk-In Wednesday?
Only screening mammograms will be offered on Walk-In Wednesday. If your script is for a diagnostic mammogram, please schedule an appointment online or by calling 248-965-0359.
I have a script for 3-D tomosynthesis. Can I come to Walk-In Wednesday?
Yes! All Beaumont sites participating in Walk-In Wednesday offer 3-D tomosynthesis.
How often should I have a mammogram?
Beaumont and The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recommend all women 40 and older get an annual screening mammogram. Women with one or more of the factors that increase risk should talk with their doctors about when to begin getting mammograms.
Sometimes the starting age will be younger; sometimes the time between mammograms will be shorter.
Learn more about screening guidelines.
What if Oct. 16 from 4-8 p.m. doesn’t work for me?
If Walk-In Wednesday doesn’t work for your schedule, Beaumont offers 17 convenient locations to get your mammogram, several sites with
evening and weekend hours. Schedule your mammogram online or call 248-965-0359.