Diagnostic mammography is an X-ray exam of the breasts that is performed in order to evaluate a breast complaint or abnormality detected by p hysical exam or routine screening mammography.
Diagnostic mammography is different from screening mammography in that additional views of the breast are usually taken, as opposed to two views typically taken with screening mammography. Thus, diagnostic mammography is usually more time consuming than screening mammography. Your appointment for a diagnostic mammogram can be anywhere from two to three hours. We encourage you to bring a book to read and schedule your time accordingly.
In many cases, diagnostic mammography will help show that the abnormality is very likely to be benign (non-cancerous). When this occurs, the radiologist may recommend that the woman return at a later date, typically in six months, for a follow-up mammogram.
However, if an abnormality identified with diagnostic mammography is suspicious, additional breast imaging (with exams such as ultrasound) or a biopsy may be ordered.
Your mammography findings will be reviewed with you by a radiologist before you leave.
Schedule Your Appointment
The Center for Breast Health is located at 351 Delnor Drive, Suite 201, on the hospital campus. To schedule a tour, call (630) 208-4153. To schedule an appointment, call (630) 762-6400.