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    Facility Change - How did you deal with it?

    Asked by Bug on Saturday, March 2, 2013

    Facility Change - How did you deal with it?

    Hi. I have been informed that the place where I get my mammograms, breast MRIs, biopsies, etc., no longer has a "contract" with my medical group so I need to go someplace else. This is really upsetting to me. I've been going to them for probably 15 years. They know everything about my breasts. I trust them and like them as well. I guess I just need to deal with it and find another place but has anyone else had this happen and, if so, what did you do about it, if anything? Thanks, everyone.

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Several times, some by my choice, some not. I think that believing "they know everything about my breasts" is a bit misleading. An imaging center is a collection of equipment, data, and people and I would guess most of the people have changed over the course of the last 15 years. Request a copy of all you medical records from the facility and provide it to a new facility and they will know just as much about your beasts as the current facility.

      over 3 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I would ask them for all your mammos, MRI's etc "films" and take them with you to the new facility so they have them to compare for future tests....
      When I was Dx, I took all my "films' with me to the BS and oncologist and still have then in my closet as no need for mammos since I had a bilat....didn't think they needed them back!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      A few of my early Mammograms are missing in action, as it were. I agree that you should request a copy of your records and all films when you change centers. I have been very lucky that for the last 20 I have been using the mammography and radiology departments of the hospital where I am now receiving treatment.

      over 3 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I would assume your most recent images from the last few years are digital and you should get copies of them on CD. That should be enough to give a new center something to compare to.

      over 3 years ago
    • pll's Avatar

      Nancyjac is 100% correct. the radiologist who did my first mammograms and the sonogram guided needle biopsy moved out of state. I didn't "trust" anyone else. But got my films (now it mostly digital) and the new radiologist was up to date. When you make the appointment w/ the new radiology office, ask to have time scheduled to speak w/ the radiologist. I think that will help reassure you. many of us have faced this same issue. it will be ok

      over 3 years ago

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