A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breasts. There are two different types of mammograms:
- Screening Mammography – Annual, routine overview of the breasts; not for patients who are symptomatic or have had a recent mammogram finding.
- Diagnostic Mammography – Performed at the request of the radiologist or referring physician who is concerned about a clinical finding or if the patient is symptomatic. This may include additional imaging of an area of concern.
As part of your diagnostic breast imaging procedure, a breast ultrasound may be necessary. It may be ordered by your referring physician or performed at the request of a radiologist.
The key to mammography is in the comparison to previous mammograms. Comparing mammograms allows the radiologist to see how your breasts have changed from one year to the next. If you have had previous mammograms performed at another facility, be sure to bring them with you at the time of your appointment.