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A Mammogram is an X-ray picture of the inner structures of the breast taken to detect breast cancer. A Diagnostic Mammogram may be performed if you or your physician has identified signs or symptoms, including lumps, discharge or other changes to your breasts that need further evaluation. A Diagnostic Mammogram may also be performed if you have a history of breast cancer, prior high-risk biopsy result or for short-term follow-up of a previous finding.
During a Diagnostic Mammogram, special views of the breast may be obtained, depending on the finding, and an Ultrasound may be performed. Utilizing the latest technology, Fairfax Radiology offers the highest quality digital imaging process, providing you and your physician a convenient and complete breast imaging experience—as well as peace of mind.
You will get the results of the Mammogram before you leave the office.
If you have a current breast symptom, such as a lump or thickening; have had a recent Biopsy; need a short-term follow up from a prior Mammogram or other test; have a personal history of breast cancer; or have had a prior high-risk biopsy result, your physician may refer you for a Diagnostic Mammogram.
If this is your first Mammogram, you may not be sure what to expect. Not to worry, we are here to guide you every step of the way. Do not wear any deodorant, perfume or powder on the day of your Mammogram, as it may show up on the Mammogram image. Before your Mammogram, we will ask you to undress above the waist and will provide a gown that opens in the front. The Technologist will position your breast in the machine in the proper position. At least two views of each breast will be taken: from the top and angled from the side. Depending on the reason for the exam, specialized extra images might be needed. The Radiologist will then evaluate the images, possibly request additional images and do an Ultrasound, if needed.
Some Mammogram findings may occasionally require additional views, such as spot compression, magnification or Breast Ultrasound. If this happens to you, there is no reason to be alarmed. This is very common and these additional images can be obtained at the time of the Diagnostic Mammogram so you do not have to make a return trip.
At Fairfax Radiology, Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD) is our primary imaging technique. Computer Aided Detection is used as an interpretive aid during the image review process. The CAD software analyzes the image and identifies areas of interest that the Radiologist will evaluate before issuing a final report.
Most insurance plans cover the cost of Screening Mammograms without copayments or deductibles, but Diagnostic Mammograms may only be covered in part. Be sure to contact your health insurance company for confirmation of the cost and coverage.