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Understanding Your Mammogram Results

After Your Test

A dedicated breast radiologist interprets all of our tests. The technologist who administers the test cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report will be sent to your physician’s office to discuss results.

The following tests help diagnose a number of breast conditions, including breast cancer. The tests below are listed in the order in which they most occur, but in some cases, the order of tests may vary.

For questions or concerns about any of the following tests, please consult with your physician.

Screening Mammogram

Starting at age 40 all women who have breast implants or have not had breast cancer receive a screening mammogram.

Need more views after your screening mammogram?

If something on your mammogram needs a closer look additional images may be taken. This is necessary to decide if you need to go on for further tests.

Diagnostic Mammogram

All women who present with symptoms or have had breast cancer receive this type of mammogram. It is similar to a regular mammogram, but we take more views, so it takes a little longer.

Ultrasound

If your mammogram identifies an area of concern or you have a palpable lump, an ultrasound will determine if the area is a water filled (cyst) or a solid (mass). It also determines if we need to do a biopsy or an aspiration of a cyst.

Remember!

An estimated 80 percent of all breast biopsies come back negative, so although it is not the most pleasant experience to go through, these tests can save your life.

Biopsy

The findings in the previous tests will be the determining factor on the type of biopsy you will be having. Before your biopsy, our staff will explain why you are getting a specific type. And prior to your biopsy, our Nurse Navigator will meet with you to answer any questions. Biopsy results will be sent to your physician.

Breast MRI

Not all women will be asked to have an MRI. This is helpful for women whose previous tests show something that is inconclusive. A Breast MRI helps us see more detail. It maybe performed on women with fibrocystic breasts or with dense tissue, or a strong history of breast cancer in the family or to stage for breast cancer.

Biopsy Results

Until we receive the results, do we know whether or not you have breast cancer. Your physician will explain your results to you. Most often, you will receive good news. But if not, and your results are positive for breast cancer, you, your physician and our Nurse Navigator are available to help you find the right team of physicians (Surgeon and Oncologist) who can put together the right treatment plan for you.