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.