A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. While screening mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms, diagnostic mammograms are used after suspicious results on a screening mammogram or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue.
Such signs may include:
- A lump
- Breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Thickening of skin on the breast
- Changes in the size or shape of the breast
A diagnostic mammogram can help determine if these symptoms are indicative of the presence of cancer.
As compared to screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms provide a more detailed x-ray of the breast using specialized techniques. They are also often used in special circumstances, such as for patients with breast implants.
Call 504-883-5999 for your very own DIS patient experience. Each DIS facility is accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology, meeting or exceeding their standards set for quality, patient safety, technology, reporting and expertise.
Every mammogram is performed by female technologists registered with the American Registry of Registered Technologists.
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