If you are having a diagnostic mammogram, you might feel a little apprehensive. At the St. Elizabeth Breast Center, we understand your concerns and we want you to feel calm, supported and strong.
A diagnostic mammogram is typically performed for two reasons:
The same mammography equipment is used in screening and diagnostic mammograms at the St. Elizabeth Breast Center. However, for diagnostic mammograms our technologists use specialized views to get a different, more focused look at a specific area in the breast.
Diagnostic Mammogram: What to Expect
When you call to schedule your diagnostic mammogram, the St. Elizabeth Breast Center will let you know what to expect during your appointment. Our team recommends you set aside a few hours for your diagnostic mammogram.
Once you arrive at your appointment, you will change into a gown and a technologist will perform the first round of diagnostic imaging. The radiologist will read the results right away while you are seated in a comfortable waiting area. The radiologist frequently requests additional views and/or magnified pictures of a certain area of the breast for diagnostic mammogram patients, so it’s best to be prepared for multiple rounds of imaging. Radiologists can also order a diagnostic ultrasound for a specific area of the breast.