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Digital Diagnostic Mammogram

How Should I Prepare?

Do not use deodorants, body powders, perfumes or body lotions over your breasts or underarms the day of your procedure. You will be given a gown to wear during your exam. At that time, you will be asked to cleanse your breasts and underarm area so that it is free of any deodorants, body powders, perfumes or body lotions. Particles from those materials may mimic calcifications on the images, so this cleansing is extremely important for accurate imaging.

What to Expect During the Procedure

A nationally certified female mammographer will position your breasts in the specially designed X-ray unit one at a time. This specially designed mammography equipment will include a platform for compression. This compression is a necessary action in any mammogram.

Diagnostic mammograms are used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings – such as a breast lump or lumps, constant focal pain, an unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or new nipple discharge – that have been found by you or your doctor. Diagnostic mammography may also be used to evaluate changes found during a screening mammogram. Your physician may also order a diagnostic mammogram if you are at an increased risk due to family or personal history of breast cancer.

Computer Aided Detection or CAD is commonly used with all diagnostic mammograms at this facility. This technology marks suspicious areas on the images and invites the radiologist to take a second look. Our mammograms should only keep you in our facility for about 30 minutes.

What to Expect After the Procedure

You may experience breast tenderness, soreness or bruising due to the compression. We apologize for this discomfort. If the radiologist makes a recommendation for any further images then you may be contacted by our facility within a week. Reports will be sent to your physician within 5-7 days. You may contact your physician for any information pertaining to the findings.