Abnormal mammogram results are no cause for panic—your doctor simply wants to get a closer look at a particular area. You will be asked to schedule a follow up test, which may be a diagnostic mammogram, breast ultrasound, or breast MRI.
A diagnostic mammogram is very similar to a regular screening mammogram. The exam is performed the same way, except the technician will be taking multiple images of a specific area of breast tissue. At the Breast Center of Maple Grove, same-day results are provided for patients who receive a diagnostic mammogram.
Breast ultrasound is a safe and painless exam that uses high frequency sound waves and to produce real-time images of the breast tissues. During the exam, you will undress from the waist up and lie on your back or your side on the exam table. The ultrasound technologist will apply a special gel on the breast and move a small handheld device called a transducer over the breast.
In rare circumstances, mammography and ultrasound may not provide enough information for a definitive diagnosis. In those cases, a breast MRI can provide an exceptional level of detail to assist the radiologist in making an accurate diagnosis.
Breast Imaging at the Breast Center of Maple Grove
While most abnormal mammogram results turn out not to be breast cancer, it is important to schedule additional testing to ensure an early and accurate diagnosis. Additional testing most often reveals a benign (non-cancerous) finding, although it may also reveal normal tissue or breast cancer. At the Breast Center of Maple Grove, a dedicated Breast Health Patient Navigator is available to help you understand your procedures, diagnosis, next steps, and options. She is available in person, by phone or via email to answer all your questions.
If it has been more than 1 year since your last mammogram, you are overdue for your annual mammogram. Come to the Breast Center of Maple Grove for convenient hours and a compassionate team of experts. For screening mammogram patients, same day appointments are available and walk-ins are welcome.