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Diagnostic Mammogram

Women's Imaging Center in Lake Forest, IL

A diagnostic mammogram is done if your screening mammogram results show abnormal tissue. The team at Mass Medical Imaging in Lake Forest, Illinois, specializes in breast health and performs diagnostic mammograms using advanced imaging equipment. They take a personalized approach and ensure you feel comfortable and safe during your test. To schedule a diagnostic mammogram at Mass Medical Imaging, call today or book an appointment online

Diagnostic Mammogram Q & A

What is a diagnostic mammogram?

A diagnostic mammogram is a test completed on women with signs and symptoms of breast cancer. 

A diagnostic mammogram isn’t the same as a screening mammogram. 


Screening mammogram

The screening mammogram is a routine test for women without symptoms of breast cancer. It helps find breast cancer during the early stages, sometimes before symptoms, improving your chances of a full recovery.


Diagnostic mammogram

A diagnostic mammogram is a test done on women who have concerning symptoms like breast or an abnormal screening mammogram.

Mass Medical Imaging does screening and diagnostic mammograms. 


When would I need a diagnostic mammogram?

According to the American College of Radiology (ACR) and Society of Breast Imaging (SBI), it’s recommended that women get mammograms yearly starting at age 40. Your primary care provider also recommends a diagnostic mammogram when/if you have signs and symptoms of breast cancer. 


Signs and symptoms that indicate a need for a diagnostic mammogram include:

  • Breast lump
  • Breast pain
  • Enlarged nipple
  • Discharge from nipple
  • Change in breast size or shape

You also need a diagnostic mammogram if your screening mammogram results show abnormalities that need further investigation.


What happens during a diagnostic mammogram?

Though they use the same tools and methods, the diagnostic mammogram is a longer test than the screening mammogram. Your radiology technician at Mass Medical Imaging explains what you can expect during your test, ensuring you feel as comfortable as possible.

During your diagnostic mammogram, the technician places one breast on a flat plate, uses a second flat plate to compress the tissue, and then takes X-rays. They may take multiple pictures from different points of view and zoom in on any suspicious tissue. 

You may feel some discomfort from the compression part of the diagnostic mammogram. However, your provider needs a firm compression to get the clearest images.


What happens after a diagnostic mammogram?

The team at Mass Medical Imaging sends the images from your diagnostic mammogram to the radiologist, who interprets the data and sends a report to your primary care provider.

Your provider reviews the results with you and what happens next. Mass Medical Imaging also does breast biopsies using minimally invasive techniques. 

Mass Medical Imaging is a state-of-the-art imaging center dedicated to quickly getting you the answers to your health concerns. Call or book a consultation online today.