Your Mammogram: What to Expect

October 20, 2016

1What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is a screening exam used to diagnose breast cancer in its earliest stages. When breast cancer is diagnosed and treated early, treatments tend to be more effective and survival rates are higher.

What to Expect During Your Mammogram

We want you to feel as comfortable as possible from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Our waiting rooms were designed to be calming and also have free Wi-Fi, free coffee, and good music. In the exam room, you’ll be asked to undress from the waist up and wear a gown. An experienced, female technologist will position your breast in between two plates, where it will be compressed and imaged. Then the same process is repeated on the other breast. The entire exam takes about 30 minutes to complete.

What to Expect During Your 3D Mammogram™

3D Mammography™, also known as Breast Tomosynthesis, is an optional, but highly recommended, add-on to a standard mammogram. The addition of 3D mammography™ produces highly detailed images of the breast tissue, which provides a clearer, more accurate view for the radiologist. 3D mammography™ adds only about a minute to the total exam time, and is especially recommended for women with dense breast tissue.

What to Expect When You’re Called Back After Your Mammogram

If a radiologist spots a potential abnormality on your mammogram, you will be called back for a diagnostic mammogram. We understand that you may feel anxious about the diagnostic mammogram however, it’s important to know that about 90% of callbacks do not result in a cancer diagnosis. A diagnostic mammogram allows a radiologist to get a closer, more detailed look at a specific area of breast tissue, which is usually a benign (non-cancerous) finding.

Scheduling Your Mammogram with Raleigh Radiology

It’s easy to schedule your mammogram with Raleigh Radiology. You may request a screening mammogram appointment online, or call our offices. Mammography is available at all 6 Raleigh Radiology imaging centers conveniently located throughout the NC triangle area.

 

Blue Ridge 919-781-1437 - Cedarhurst 919-877-5400 - Cary 919-781-1437
Clayton 919-877-5400 - Wake Forest 919-877-5400 - Brier Creek 919-877-5400