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Diagnostic Imaging Services answers the question, “what is the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?”

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.

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 used in special circumstances, such as for patients with breast implants. If your doctor prescribes a diagnostic mammogram, realize that it will take longer than a normal screening mammogram, because more x-rays are taken, providing views of the breast from multiple vantage points.

A conventional 2D screening mammogram is covered 100% by the Affordable Care Act. A diagnostic mammogram is not and is subject to your health insurance deductible and potential co-insurance.

DIS is accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology, meeting or exceeding standards set for quality, safety, reporting, technology and expertise. Our Metairie Women’s Center has also be awarded the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation.

We perform 2D and 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms at our Metairie – Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Marrero, Slidell and Covington – Highway 21 locations.

Call 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390 for your very own DIS patient experience. Or, click here to send us an email to contact you to arrange a visit.

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