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What to Expect During Your Exam

Jun 10, 2020
What to Expect During Your Exam
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It’s time to go in for a mammogram. Don’t put it off. You know you need to do it and the time is now. The nice thing is that we make it comfortable for you. We make it as simple a process as possible for you. Here is what you can expect during your exam:

You will disrobe from the waist up and put on a robe. You may use a secure locker for your personal items during your exam. The technologist will position your breast on a platform and then compress the breast with a paddle. This will even out the breast so that all of the breast tissue can be better visualized. Two views of each breast will be taken for a screening mammogram. Several views will be taken for a diagnostic mammogram. The technologist will reposition you between views. You will change back into your clothes. A screening mammogram usually takes about ten minutes. A diagnostic mammogram can take up to thirty minutes. A radiologist specialized in breast imaging will oversee your evaluation. At the time of your visit, the radiologist will ensure the completeness of the evaluation and, if appropriate, explain any further recommendations. We also want you to know what will happen after the exam. A board-certified radiologist experienced in the interpretation of mammograms will analyze the data and results from your exam.

During the exam, our technologists will answer questions about the exam itself; however, they will not immediately provide you with the results of your exam. How long it takes to get your results may depend on whether you’re having a screening or diagnostic mammogram.

You can usually expect the results of a screening mammogram within two weeks. If you’re having a mammogram as a follow-up test, you may get the results before you leave the appointment. You can ask your doctor or your technologist how long it will take to get results, then keep an eye out for them. If you don’t get your results within 2 weeks, be sure to follow up by contacting your doctor or your Invision Sally Jobe imaging center.

If you had a previous mammogram at Invision Sally Jobe, the radiologist may compare your new images with your previous images to check for changes in your breasts. The results will be reported to your physician and sent to you in a letter.

Your recovery is a big part of the process. It’s good to know that you can return to your normal activities immediately after your mammogram.

Remember, we are here for you, so let us know what you need from us.

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