Mammography & Breast Imaging
What is diagnostic mammography?
A diagnostic mammogram is intended for women who have symptoms such as a lump or mass, discharge, or other significant symptoms. 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 done as a complementary exam to provide additional diagnostic information.
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.
How should I prepare for my exam?
- Dress in a comfortable two piece outfit
- Avoid wearing deodorant, powders or creams
- Bring original films of any previous mammograms not performed at our facilities.
- Evaluation of scar versus recurrent breast cancer.
- Bring your referral form from your doctor and your insurance card
- Call 24 hours in advance if you must cancel your appointment
Digital Screening Mammography
A mammogram utilizes low-dose x-rays to produce an image of the breast. XRANM uses digital mammography which converts these images into electronic signals, easily translated by specialized computers. Mammography can show an abnormality up to two years before it could detected by self diagnosis. The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends having a yearly mammogram, beginning at age 40 for women at average risk of breast cancer. Your doctor may order a diagnostic mammogram if you are experiencing a worrisome lump, changes in the breast skin, pain, nipple discharge, or if you have a personal history of breast cancer.
Breast Ultrasound is available in Alamogordo, Northwest, Farmington, Santa Fe and, of course, at the Breast Imaging Center in Albuquerque.