IMAGING: DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY

Diagnostic

How it works: A diagnostic mammogram begins with the same technology as a screening mammogram, but is focused on a particular area of interest. A diagnostic mammogram may require additional imaging and a breast ultrasound. A breast imaging radiologist is present in our facility to oversee the study and determine if any additional images need to be done.

Why we do it: Diagnostic mammograms require a physician’s order and are for patients with breast symptoms such as a new lump, nipple discharge, or skin dimpling. Patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer also have diagnostic mammograms for their first five years after diagnosis. Symptomatic patients must notify their doctor of these concerns prior to having a diagnostic mammogram.

HERE TO HELP

Our Breast & MRI Center provides you with easy access to a ‘patient navigator’ who provides support, guidance and information if you require services beyond a screening mammogram. With more than 20 years experience in the medical field, our patient navigator, Cindy Davis, serves as a guide. Comforting and empowering, this reassuring woman-to-woman support helps patients confidently address the next steps in diagnosis and treatment.

The experience: A diagnostic mammogram begins with the same technology as a screening mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram may require additional imaging and a breast ultrasound. A breast imaging radiologist is present in our facility to oversee the study and determine if any additional images need to be done.

Prep & safety: If you wear deodorant or use talcum powder, you’ll be asked to remove it at the clinic. We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit since you will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up.

Your results: A breast imaging radiologist will discuss findings, options and recommendations, and answer questions before you leave our Breast Center. Results will also be provided to your physician or a specialist.