Georgia Cancer Specialists physician Dr. Jayanthi Srinivasiah (Dr. Jay) was featured in a CBS News story regarding a recent study that found a worsening shortage of mammography providers, leading to months-long waits for a mammogram for some women. The story aired Monday, June 21.
The study, reported by April Nelson, found that the number of mammography facilities across the country is dropping and fewer radiologists are specializing in breast imaging due to long hours, low reimbursement, heavy regulation, and fear of lawsuits. Dr. Jay also cited scheduling problems as a contributing factor.
“Before eight or nine in the morning, the end of the day from five to seven, and weekends are totally packed,” Dr. Jay says in the piece, “because nobody wants to go during the daytime when there are openings.”
The study found that it is becoming common for women, especially those making their first mammogram appointment, to have to wait three to six months to get a check up.
The American Cancer Society recommends that women age 40 and over get a mammogram every year.
Dr. Jay practices at the GCS DeKalb office and the GCS Stemmer office in Decatur.