How to Get a Genius Exam

October 1, 2021

It’s Easy to Go 3D™

Every woman who’s eligible for mammography can get a Genius® 3D Mammography™ exam — and recent updates to screening recommendations call for all women to have an annual mammogram starting at age 40 and continuing after you turn 75, with a risk assessment recommended at age 30.32 What’s the best type of mammogram for your annual screening? The Genius exam is better for every woman, but especially for women with dense breasts.1 That’s because Genius exams find cancers missed with conventional mammography.14 Concerned about coverage? Most health plans cover the Genius exam.
Find a facility and make a date.


Terri Schaefer

Clinical Applications Specialist at Hologic

The Genius® 3D exam’s superior technology saved Terri’s life, and she wants to do the same for other women.

3 Steps to a Superior Mammogram

  1. Search for your local facilities on our Facility Finder. You can also have the list sent to you by text or email.
  2. Ask your healthcare provider to refer you to one of the listed facilities. (Download this card to share with your doc.)
  3. Schedule your visit and make sure to ask for the Genius® 3D Mammography™ exam when you arrive for your appointment.


Simply download and share this card with your doctor to make sure you get a Genius exam.




The Latest on Breast Cancer Screening

Every few years, U.S. medical organizations update their recommendations for who should be screened, and how often. In 2021, the American College of Radiologists (ACR) issued updated recommendations based on the latest data. Guidelines from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) date back to 2017, and the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) are from 2015.

Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines for Women with Average Risk
Organization Risk Assessment Starting Age Stopping Age Frequency
ACR32 Age 30, especially minority women to ensure they are not high risk Age 40 No age limit Every year
ACOG49 Doctor should offer at 45. Start no later than age 50. Shared decision with your doctor after age 75 Every 1 or 2 years.
ACS50 Age 45, but doctor should offer at age 40. When life expectancy is less than 10 years. Annual for ages 45–54.
Every 1 or 2 years 55 and older.


Are You Covered for a Genius Exam?

Ninety-six percent of insured women between the ages of 40 and 74 are covered for the Genius® 3D Mammography™ exam.31 Medicare covers the Genius exam — so does Medicaid in some states, and most private plans. Contact your health plan or ask your facility for insurance help.


Learn More About Breast Health

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