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Results of breast imaging tests? i am due for several different types of breast imaging tests. if something doesn't look right, who will tell me? the radiologist? or will i have to wait a few days to hear from my doctor?

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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine 41 years experience
This : This often depends on what test is being performed, the patient's preference, the radiologist's preference, and the referring doctor's preference. There are two types of mammograms. A screening mammogram is performed on the patient who is greater than 40 years of age and has no symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram is performed when the patient feels a lump, returns after an abnormal screening mammogram, or has had previous breast cancer. At our institution, we generally discussed the results with the patient for diagnostic mammograms and breast ultrasound. Screening mammograms are often not read until the following day, and an MRI of the breast can take a fair amount of time to process and evaluate which could result in a long wait for the patient. If you have a strong preference as to who discusses the test results with you, then you should tell your physician and the radiologist. They will generally do their best to accommodate the patient.
Dr. Boris Aronzon
Anesthesiology 24 years experience
Your MD: Radiologist will send results to your doctor who will discuss them with you.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It depends: on what you are having done and the particulars of your local practices, but don't be afraid to ask. In some radiology practices, radiologists will readily discuss abnormal mammo or ultrasound findings. Others have workflows that make it impractical, or their referring physicians prefer to give the results themselves. So wherever you are having something done, ask about it.

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