BREAST HEALTH CENTERS:
Frequently Asked Questions
- What if something abnormal is found?
The purpose of the mammogram is to detect abnormalities in
the breast tissue
that warrant further investigation.
Abnormalities are found in six to eight
percent of women who have
screening mammograms. This small group of women may need further evaluation, which may include diagnostic mammography,
breast ultrasound, needle biopsy and/or MRI. Your
mammogram will be read by our radiologist who
is a board
If you should need further testing, our office will
contact you via phone or mail. It is important to remember that most abnormalities found in mammogram results are not breast
- If I need a biopsy, what does that mean?
The mammogram can only show abnormalities; it cannot
diagnose malignant or benign tissue. Only a tissue sample will do
that. Therefore you may be referred to a surgeon for a
consultation. If a biopsy is recommended for an area that can't be
felt by your doctor, you will undergo either a stereotactic biopsy in the Breast
Center or an open biopsy surgery procedure in Same Day Surgery.
If open biopsy is recommended, a needle localization will be
performed in the Breast Center to locate the area prior to
surgery. You will then be sent to Same Day Surgery to have the abnormality
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