A diagnostic mammogram is used to
diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump or pain. It is
also used to evaluate changes detected on a screening
Needing a diagnostic mammogram
DOES NOT mean you have cancer. It is merely the
next step to understand any changes in your breasts detected
during a screening mammogram or breast exam.
During a diagnostic mammogram,
additional images of the breast are taken and reviewed by a board-certified radiologist. If there is a need for any additional imaging, such as 3D
mammography or breast ultrasound, it will be performed.
For your peace of mind, you are
given the results of your exam before you leave the breast
In preparation for your diagnostic
Do not wear talcum powder or
lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your
Describe any breast symptoms or
problems to the technologist performing the exam.
If possible, obtain any prior
mammograms and bring them with you to your appointment.