Diagnostic Mammogram

What is a Diagnostic Mammogram:

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray examination of the breasts.  Mammography pictures show detailed images of the breasts and are usually taken from different angles.  This x-ray uses specifically designed equipment and is performed in complete privacy by a specially trained female technologist.

What to Expect:

  • The mammography technologist will check your name and/or birthdate
  • You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up.  You may be given a gown to wear or you may be asked to simply slip on your blouse.
  • The technologist may ask a few questions regarding your medical history.
  • Only one breast at a time is x-rayed.
  • The technologist will guide the placement of your breast between two plastic plates.
  • The plates are then moved together to compress the breast, which helps to visualize the breast tissue while using less radiation.   This may be uncomfortable but will only last for a few seconds.
  • Once all the views are obtained, you will be asked to wait in the room while the x-rays are developed.
  • The technologist will consult with the radiologist (a medical doctor who has gone on to specialize in medical imaging) regarding the images obtained.
  • There is sometimes the possibility that additional views may be needed if questions still remain unanswered with the images already acquired.  This is not unusual and just ensures that the examination is thorough.
  • You will then be able to dress and leave.
  • The technologist cannot discuss the results with you.
  • The radiologist (a medical doctor who has gone on to specialize in medical imaging and mammography) will review the mammogram(s) and a report will be issued to the doctor who referred you.
  • Please make an appointment with your doctor to review these results.

Diagnostic Mammogram

How To Prepare for Your Appointment