What is diagnostic mammography?
A diagnostic mammogram is intended for women who have symptoms such as a lump, mass, discharge on their breasts. It is also used to further evaluate any abnormality that might have been detected on a Screening Mammogram.
In our practice, about 7-10% of women are recalled for additional workup after a Screening Mammogram. The great majority of these women will have a normal exam and are returned to annual follow-up. A small percentage will be recommended to have an early 6 month follow-up. An even smaller percentage will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
what should I expect?
This exam is done under the direct supervision of one of our board-certified radiologists. Special mammography views will be taken to analyze your symptoms or mammographic abnormality. In most cases, a Breast Ultrasound will be performed in conjunction with the Diagnostic Mammogram to provide additional information.
How should I prepare for my exam?
- Dress in a comfortable two piece outfit
- Avoid wearing deodorant, powders or creams
- Bring original films or CD of images of any previous mammograms performed at alternate facilities
When will i know my result?
At the completion of your workup, X-Ray Associates provides immediate results regarding your diagnostic mammogram and you will be given your results and recommendations either by a radiologist or technologist. You will also receive a written report in clear lay language within 2 to 5 working days.