Diagnostic Mammography


A diagnostic mammogram is performed for women who have a history of breast disease, are experiencing new symptoms or have an abnormality identified on a screening mammogram. During a diagnostic mammogram, more pictures are taken to carefully study the breast condition. In most cases, special images involve magnification to make a small area of suspicious breast tissue easier to evaluate.
The Bethany Simpson Breast Center is one of the first facilities in the area to offer 3-D mammography (tomosynthesis) with CView™ technology. Our Selenia® Dimensions® 3-D system from Hologic, the worldwide leader in mammography, is revolutionizing the way breast cancer is detected by offering a superior mammogram for all breast types.
This technology is extremely useful for women with dense breast tissue. On a traditional mammogram, dense breast tissue appears white and sometimes can hide masses, such as cancer. 3-D mammography overcomes this obstacle.
The goal of a diagnostic mammogram is to identify the exact size and location of the breast abnormality, the surrounding tissue and lymph nodes. Many times, the diagnostic mammogram will help determine that the abnormality is highly likely to be benign (not cancer). The radiologist may recommend that you return for a follow-up mammogram in six months.
However, if an abnormality seen on a diagnostic mammogram is suspicious, additional breast imaging using ultrasound or MRI may be ordered as well as a biopsy. A biopsy is the only definitive way to determine whether or not breast cancer is present.