Diagnostic Mammograms are ordered for patients who have had an abnormal screening mammogram, or who have signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Unlike screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms are not performed on an annual basis. They are typically localized to the breast of interest and include additional views not traditionally performed during a screening mammogram. Reasons to have a diagnostic mammogram may include:
- Feeling a lump in the breast or axilla
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Breasts that have changed size or shape
- Breast imaging abnormality
When a patient is nervous about a diagnosis, they can take comfort in the fact that they are receiving the highest quality examination available when they choose The Radiology Clinic. We use the latest 3D Hologic equipment with the most advanced technology available. With the new “Clarity HD” detector, we can achieve resolutions with pixel sizes as low as 70 microns. This means that mammograms performed at The Radiology Clinic are among the highest resolution studies available in the country!
Because we use 3D tomosynthesis (digital mammography) with all mammograms, patients can be assured that they are receiving the most diagnostic study possible. In addition to a higher diagnostic capability, examinations performed with 3D tomosynthesis are statistically less likely to be called back.
In some cases, Ultrasound may be used in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram to ascertain a diagnosis. Our goal is to find and diagnose breast abnormalities through all means available.