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diagnostics and ultrasound

Diagnostic mammograms are ordered when a screening mammogram reveals a lump or suspicious mass and follow-up is required, or for women with a history of breast cancer. They take longer than screening mammograms because they require x-ray views from several angles to give physicians a clear picture of any suspected lumps or breast changes.

  • The exam is performed on a digital mammography unit.
  • Only the breast that is of concern will be imaged.

Often a diagnostic ultrasound is performed following the mammogram to more clearly define the abnormality. This painless imaging technique uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of suspicious masses.

The results of your exam will be given to you immediately, with follow up instructions as well.

The exams will require a written order from your physician.

REMEMBER: Do not use deodorant, perfume or powders the day of your mammogram.

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