February 21, 2013
Women are now able to receive mammograms at Southern Ohio Medical Center without a physician order, thanks to SOMC’s new self-referral program.
Under the new program, women who are at least 40 years of age can schedule a screening mammogram for prevention and early detection of breast disease. However, women who detect lumps or other causes for concern can schedule their mammogram at SOMC regardless of age.
“Through this program, we’re providing patients with easier access to screenings,” Noel Pemberton, SOMC’s administrative director of medical imaging, said. “The process to schedule self-referrals will be handled through Central Scheduling. It will be the same process patients use to schedule an appointment with a doctor’s order.”
The self-referral program has been approved by the Ohio Department of Health and began on February 4.
“It is our goal to detect breast cancer as early as possible,” Pemberton said. “We believe this program will help us do just that.”
To schedule a self-referral, contact SOMC Central Scheduling at 740-356-8128.