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How does a diagnostic mammogram differ from a screening mammogram?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Screening mammo

is 4 standard views in an asymptomatic woman, looking for signs of cancer anywhere in both breasts.
Diagnostic mammogram is a variable number of specialized views to fully evaluate a particular area of the breast identified as potentially abnormal on screening mammo or physical exam.

In brief: Screening mammo

is 4 standard views in an asymptomatic woman, looking for signs of cancer anywhere in both breasts.
Diagnostic mammogram is a variable number of specialized views to fully evaluate a particular area of the breast identified as potentially abnormal on screening mammo or physical exam.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: A closer look.

A screening mamogram is a 2-view study of each breast designed to look for any abnormality in an otherwise symptom-free person.
If an abnormality is found, we will "call back" that person to do a diagnostic mammogram to take a closer look of that specific abnormality. Diagnostic mammograms are automatically ordered when evaluating a new palpable breast lump or other breast problems.

In brief: A closer look.

A screening mamogram is a 2-view study of each breast designed to look for any abnormality in an otherwise symptom-free person.
If an abnormality is found, we will "call back" that person to do a diagnostic mammogram to take a closer look of that specific abnormality. Diagnostic mammograms are automatically ordered when evaluating a new palpable breast lump or other breast problems.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Carl Decker
Radiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See below

A diagnostic mammogram is ordered when there is a specific problem with the breast.
Either you or your primary care provider may have felt a lump or you are called back from a screening mammogram. A screening mammogram should be done once yearly starting at age 40. These are performed in asymptomatic females to detect early signs of breast cancer.

In brief: See below

A diagnostic mammogram is ordered when there is a specific problem with the breast.
Either you or your primary care provider may have felt a lump or you are called back from a screening mammogram. A screening mammogram should be done once yearly starting at age 40. These are performed in asymptomatic females to detect early signs of breast cancer.
Dr. Carl Decker
Dr. Carl Decker
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