A mammogram is simply an x-ray of the breast. There are two types of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. A screening mammogram is used to check for breast cancer in women when they have no symptoms. The mammogram images can detect tumors that cannot be felt and also find tiny deposits of calcium that sometimes indicate breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is used to check for breast cancer after a lump or other symptom has occurred. The process of both is pretty much the same except a diagnostic mammogram will take longer and the radiation dose is higher because more x-ray images are needed to take pictures from several angles.
One of our board certified, specialty trained radiologists will read your mammogram and send your physician a report usually within 48 hours. Please note delays can occur when previous mammograms are needed for comparison.