Screening mammography to resume at community Diagnostic Imaging clinics May 19

May 19, 2020

A message from Alberta Society of Radiologists / Section of Diagnostic Imaging

The Alberta Society of Radiologists / Section of Diagnostic Imaging would like to advise colleagues that screening mammography will resume at community Diagnostic Imaging clinics on May 19. This is in order to allow planning time to address a possible return of those patients wanting related consultations and requisitions.

Since this service was temporarily suspended in late March, we normally would have detected approximately 500 breast cancers in Alberta over this time period which are now delayed diagnoses. The Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program (Screeningforlife.ca) will be advising patients and physicians that screening mammography is being resumed.

This decision was reached by consensus of Provincial DI leadership and is in accordance with: CMOH order 16-2020.

DI clinics have already implemented strict infection prevention and control measures including masking of both staff and patients, physical and temporal spacing, and disinfecting routines.

Reminder

Women 50 – 74 can self-refer for screening mammography. Women 40 – 49 require an initial referral into the program and can then self-refer for screening exams. Women 75+ may require your assistance in determining whether they should start or continue screening.

As always, if you have concerns, please contact us. We can be reached at our clinics or you can address issues with the Alberta Society of Radiologists / Section of Diagnostic Imaging, AMA at 780.447.3375 or execdir@radiologists.ab.ca.

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