A diagnostic mammogram is similar to a screening mammogram, however additional x-rays of the breast are taken to examine breast tissue from multiple angles. Diagnostic mammograms evaluate abnormalities, such as a lump, that have been found during breast self exam, an annual physical with a healthcare provider or on a screening mammogram. They are performed under direct supervision of a board-certified breast imaging radiologist (medical doctor).
What should I bring to my appointment?
– Your insurance card and a valid photo i.d.
Please arrive 5-10 minutes early to complete registration.
How should I prepare for my exam?
If you have breast tenderness, take a mild pain medication such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen (Tylenol®) about one hour before your scheduled mammogram.
Do not wear deodorant, lotion or body powder on your chest or underarm areas on the day of your appointment. These can appear on the mammogram images as artifacts.
Please inform us if there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.
How long will my exam take?
A diagnostic mammogram typically takes 15-30 minutes.
What happens during my exam?
The technologist will position your breast between two plates, which will gradually compress for each image. A typical diagnostic exam consists of three to eight images. This may cause discomfort, but you should not experience significant pain.For the best quality images, you will be asked to remain as still as possible during the exam.
What happens after my exam?
Your images will be interpreted by one of our board-certified breast imaging radiologists. Same-day results will be provided to you after all diagnostic testing has been completed. We will also mail a letter with your results to your healthcare provider.