Medical Practice FAQ
Radiologists have reported that they routinely complete reading and reporting "Normal" SOFIA Breast ultrasound exams in less than 2-minutes.
The length of time a patient appointment takes is dependent on the patient experience you want to create and medical practice workflow. Facilities have scheduled patients in 10-minute appointment slots.
CPT 76641 Ultrasound, breast, unilateral, real time with image documentation, including axilla when performed; complete Code 76641 describes a complete examination of all four quadrants of the breast and the retroareolar region; 76642 describes a limited breast ultrasound (e.g., a focused examination limited to one or more elements of 76641, but not all four). To support the service performed and billed, the provider should document a thorough exam of the anatomic area(s), and provide image documentation and a final, written report of results, impressions, etc. Report 76641 or 76442 once, per breast, per session. Both codes are unilateral: If medical necessity requires bilateral imaging, you may append modifier 50 Bilateral procedure. The 2017 National Physician Fee Schedule Relative Value File assigns a “1” bilateral indicator to 76641 and 76442, meaning that Medicare will allow 150 percent of the standard reimbursement for properly billed bilateral procedures. Both 76641 and 76442 include examination of the axilla, if performed. For ultrasound exam of the axilla, only, see 76882 Ultrasound, extremity, nonvascular, real-time with image documentation; limited, anatomic specific.
A radiologist determines the density of a woman’s breasts by examining a mammogram. Request a copy of your mammography report from your referring doctor. Make sure it is the report that is generated from the radiologist and not a form letter. Read the report carefully. Look for any descriptions of your breast tissue density.
Talk to your doctor regarding additional imaging techniques that are appropriate for imaging dense breast tissue. Bilateral whole breast ultrasound and MRI have been shown to increase cancer detection rates in dense breast patients as supplemental procedures to annual screening mammography.
Yes. Currently, mammography is the approved method for screening women between the ages of 40-75. Talk with your doctor to determine if mammography is right for you.
Yes, the Sofia scan uses sounds waves to create very detailed images of the breast. Ultrasound is safe for women with saline or silicone implants.
Yes. Ultrasound has no known risk factors and has been shown to be a valuable tool for detecting abnormal anatomical structures in breast tissue.
Breast density notification laws have been put into effect currently in 31 states. Breast density notification laws vary but are intended to inform women who have undergone mammography about the risks posed by breast density. The intent was to give women the necessary information to decide if they wanted any further testing if they have dense breast tissue.
Yes, 2% of Breast Cancer cases are men. Sofia is open to serve everyone who is concerned about their breast health
No, all size breasts can be scanned with Sofia. Technicians are trained to make sure that the entire breast is scanned, even if it takes more than 1 pass.
It is our desire to make your time at Sofia as comfortable and relaxing as possible. Our schedules allow for a more private experience than most imaging centers. However, we do offer the ability to schedule with a group of friends if you would like.