Mammograms are called diagnostic when they are being done for one of the following reasons:
- A new breast lump, pain, or nipple discharge was noticed by you or your doctor.
- Your recent screening mammogram showed something that requires more X-ray pictures and possibly a sonogram.
- Your last mammogram or sonogram showed something that is being closely followed.
- Several X-ray images are typically required for diagnostic mammograms.
All RIMI diagnostic mammograms are performed at our offices in East Greenwich, Johnston, Providence and East Providence (Veterans Memorial Parkway).
All diagnostic mammograms are interpreted while you are waiting and you will be notified of the reading before you leave. A radiologist will be available to answer any questions you may have about the findings.
All RIMI mammograms are performed on state-of-the-art digital equipment that permits the fastest and most accurate images possible. In addition, the mammograms are interpreted with computer-aided detection (CAD), a computer software program that searches for abnormal areas of density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of a problem. The CAD system highlights these areas on the images, alerting the radiologist to the need for further analysis.
Do not wear any powder or deodorant under the arms or around the breast area.