Each test that we conduct is interpreted by a dedicated breast radiologist. The technologist who administers the test cannot interpret or discuss what they are viewing while performing the exam. A report will be sent to your physician’s office to discuss the results.
The following tests help diagnose a number of breast conditions, including breast cancer. The tests below are listed in the order in which they most occur, but in some cases, the order of tests may vary.
For questions or concerns about any of the following tests, please consult with your physician.
Starting at age 40, all women who have breast implants or who have not had breast cancer receive a screening mammogram.
After Your Screening Mammogram
If something on your mammogram needs a closer look, additional images may be taken. This is necessary to decide if you need further tests.
All women who present with symptoms or who have had breast cancer receive this type of mammogram. It is similar to a regular mammogram, but we take more views, which will take a little longer.
If your mammogram identifies an area of concern or if you have a palpable lump, an ultrasound will determine whether the area is a cyst (water-filled) or a mass (solid). It also determines if we need to do a biopsy or an aspiration of a cyst.
The findings in the previous tests will be the determining factor on the type of biopsy you will be having. Before your biopsy, our staff will explain why you are getting a specific type. Additionally, our Breast Health Navigator will meet with you to answer any questions you have. Biopsy results will be sent to your physician.
Remember: An estimated 80% of all breast biopsies come back negative, so although it is not the most pleasant experience to go through, these tests can save your life.