Desert Rose Women's Center - Santa Fe Imaging

American College of Radiology MammographyDiagnostic mammograms are specialized mammograms designed to solve a particular problem. The radiologist designs each exam in order to answer the particular question at hand.

Reasons to have a diagnostic mammogram:

  • Question arising from a screening mammogram
  • Breast symptom such as a lump, focal breast pain or nipple discharge
  • Follow-up exams
  • Personal history of breast cancer

How is a Diagnostic Mammogram different from a screening mammogram?

In addition to the four views obtained in a screening mammogram, there are many specialized views that are possible to further investigate a finding. The most common view is called a “spot compression magnification” view. This is a magnified view of a particular area of the breast. The radiologist may also want to do an ultrasound for another view.