Digital mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast that allows early detection of breast cancer. We have 2 state-of-the-art digital mammography units, which are accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP)
Cost of this service
Bermuda Cancer and Health Centre offer both screening and diagnostic mammograms and costs are 100% covered by insurance, there is no co-pay. If you are currently uninsured the cost of your mammogram may be covered by our Equal Access Fund. You can make an appointment either online or by calling 236-1001.
Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP)
The CAR Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) is an initiative instituted over 20 years ago to ensure that the quality of mammography images meets the highest standards. This voluntary program offers radiologists the opportunity for peer review and evaluation of their facility’s staff qualifications, equipment performance, quality control and quality assurance programs, image quality, dose and processor quality control.
Patient safety through continuous quality improvement is the objective of MAP. It is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that, when a patient has a mammogram, it is completed in a manner that exposes him or her to the lowest possible radiation dose and risk, and ultimately results in an image that the radiologist can accurately interpret.
Facilities seeking accreditation by the CAR MAP are assessed for compliance in the four quality areas of the program:
Personnel Requirements: The RIGHT PEOPLE to conduct a quality examination and oversee the rendering of optimal diagnostic images.
Quality Control: The APPROPRIATE TESTS are completed through the implementation of a quality assurance program and monitored QC to ensure the acquisition and presentation of optimal quality medical images.
Equipment Specifications: The RIGHT EQUIPMENT operating in the manner it was intended.
Breast Imaging Quality: A SYSTEMATIC IMAGE ASSESSMENT by a qualified reviewer, ensuring the facility regularly evaluates the quality of its diagnostic images and the assiciated radiation doses.
These quality areas are assessed through the different stages of the accreditation process: the application, image evaluation as well as the maintenance of accreditation status and then the cycle begins anew.
Today, over 500 facilities enjoy the benefits of being accredited through the CAR, and this number continues to grow. Facilities successfully completing all the CAR requirements will be granted accreditation for a three-year period and will be listed on the CAR website.