ChristianaCare

All visitors are required to wear masks.

For COVID-19 safety, all visitors to ChristianaCare facilities and services are required to wear masks. This includes visitors who are vaccinated. Please read our visitor guidelines before arrival.

Masks required at outpatient locations; visitors and support persons limited

All visitors at outpatient locations must be masked in alignment with the masking guidelines on our visitation policy page here. Patients at ChristianaCare’s outpatient services are advised to come to their appointments alone unless a support person is absolutely needed. If a support person is needed, such as a parent, guardian or spokesperson, we highly encourage that the support person be vaccinated. Outpatient practices are not requiring vaccination or a negative COVID test for visitors at this time.

All hospital visitors required to be vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.

  • Inpatients in our Christiana, Wilmington and Union hospitals may have one visitor daily between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. The visitor must be 16 or older.
  • Patients having outpatient surgery may have one support person accompany them. Support persons must be 16 or older.
  • All visitors and surgical support people must show proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID-19 test within the prior 72 hours.

Before visiting, click here for more details about visitation.

Visit coronavirus.delaware.gov or cecilcountyhealth.org for local vaccination and testing sites.

Imaging Services

Mammography

Current Guidelines from Society of Breast Imaging for Scheduling Your Screening Mammogram and COVID-19 Vaccine

If it is time for your routine mammogram and you are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine, the guidelines suggest trying to schedule the screening mammogram before getting the first dose of the vaccine or four-to-six weeks after getting the second vaccine dose.

However, if your mammogram has been postponed due to the pandemic, please do not delay your mammogram screening due to your vaccination.

If you notice changes in your breasts or have any concerns, please do not delay care: call your doctor right away.

To schedule your mammogram call 302-838-3088 or toll-free 877-838-3088.

All women share the risk of breast cancer, and the risk increases significantly for women who have a family history of breast cancer. Regular screenings make it
possible to detect breast cancer early, which is key to a cure. This includes- knowing what is normal for you. This means how they look and feel and having a yearly mammogram.

A mammogram is an X-ray from the side and top of the breast. It’s important for the early detection of breast cancer, because it can detect a lump three to five years before it can be felt by a doctor.

During a mammogram, your breasts are pressed between two pieces of plastic for a few seconds, while a minimal X-ray dose, similar to that of a dental X-ray, is applied. Pressing your breast in this way may be briefly uncomfortable.

Who should get a mammogram?

According to the American Cancer Society, women age 40 and older should have a screening mammogram every year and should continue to do so for as long as they are in good health.

Women at high risk (greater than 20 percent lifetime risk) should get an MRI and a mammogram every year.

Women at moderately increased risk (15 to 20 percent lifetime risk) should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their yearly mammogram.

Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for women whose lifetime risk of breast cancer is less than 15 percent.

Preparing for your mammogram

Although a mammogram can be performed at any time, you may prefer to schedule your mammogram during the 10 days following your menstrual period because your
breasts are likely to be less tender. The day of your test, don’t apply deodorant, perfumes or powders to your breasts or under arms. And relax! Our staff is here to make your mammogram quick and comfortable.

The procedure

ChristianaCare offers several convenient mammogram locations. The Breast Center offers comprehensive breast care in one convenient location. You can also have your mammogram performed at one of our outpatient ChristianaCare Imaging locations or at Wilmington Hospital.

After the results of your mammography are reviewed by experienced board-certified radiologists who sub-specialize in mammography, they are then forwarded to your doctor.

When an abnormal area shows up on a mammogram, other imaging studies may be recommended. Your doctor will discuss these options with you.

If you need financial assistance, a physician or help getting a mammogram, please contact the Community Health Outreach & Education Program.