Resuming Elective Procedures: Mammography

Nick Leasure, MD, Oncologist, Tower Health

As our region approaches transition to the “green phase” following the COVID-19 pandemic, Tower Health is here to ensure that you have access to the healthcare services you need today, or that you might have postponed during the height of the pandemic.

Delaying the care that you need could be harmful. That’s why Tower Health has developed a carefully designed plan for reopening and resuming elective surgeries and procedures. This plan was created to ensure that we can continue to care for our patients in the safest way possible.

Regular mammograms, for instance, are critical for the early detection of breast cancer. Detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages gives patients the best chance for effective treatment. The award-winning, high-quality breast health and imaging services offered by Tower Health’s hospitals can help to identify breast issues before they become larger health problems. That is why it is so important that you do not delay your mammogram.

To accommodate mammography patients safely, our hospitals have implemented:

  • COVID-19 screening for caregivers and patients. All healthcare providers are screened for COVID-19 symptoms prior to the start of each shift, and all patients are screened (temperature checks) for COVID-19 prior to entering the facility.
  • Rigorous cleaning and disinfecting protocols. Our outpatient imaging facilities, hospitals, offices, and public areas undergo rigorous cleaning and disinfecting several times per day, in accordance with CDC and DOH infection control guidelines.
  • Face masks and the appropriate personal protective equipment are worn by all staff. Patients are also required to bring and wear face masks.
  • Modified appointment scheduling is being used to enhance social distancing and to permit extensive cleaning and disinfection of equipment and dressing areas.
  • Single-use personal belongings bags are being given to patients to hygienically store clothing and personal items during their mammogram.                

There is no need for you to postpone your mammogram. Tower Health is here for you and our facilities are clean and safe. To learn more about breast health services offered by Tower Health, visit the website for the hospital closest to you: