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Diagnostic mammography is ordered by a medical provider for women or men with symptoms of breast disease such as a lump, skin changes, or nipple discharge. Diagnostic mammography may also be recommended for women with a history of breast cancer or to evaluate problematic areas detected on a screening mammogram. If you have breast symptoms that are concerning, your provider should order a diagnostic mammogram. Screening mammography is for women who do not have breast symptoms. It is meant to detect cancer even before symptoms occurs.
ARA uses advanced 3D mammography technology for our mammograms. 3D technology takes multiple images of the breast and uses computer reconstruction to create 3D images of the breast. The breast is compressed between a clear plastic paddle and an imaging detector and the X-ray tube moves in an arc over the breast, capturing different angles. ARA radiologists can then scroll through all the images much like a book – one page at a time – to gain a better understanding of the structures inside your breast. Benefits of 3D mammography technology include:
To help you understand your risk for breast cancer and discuss it with your doctor, you can use the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool developed by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
To schedule a diagnostic mammogram, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
You will receive results for your diagnostic mammogram while you are at your appointment and your physician will receive the written report. The results will be posted on the patient portal within 3 business days.
If a biopsy is recommended, a radiologist will consult with you and you will speak with one of our certified breast navigators. ARA schedulers can help you move quickly to the biopsy appointment.
Results will be sent to your medical provider. Our breast navigators are available to help you with education, logistics and any concerns you might have.
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ARA continues to follow CDC guidelines in requiring employees and patients to wear masks at our imaging centers for the safety of all.