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There was a finding on your routine screening mammogram. Now what?

There was a finding on your routine screening mammogram. Now what?


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You went and got your recommended screening mammogram great job, it's hard to take time for ourselves. According to the Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) the majority of screening mammograms are benign. But sometimes there is a finding, or a change from your last mammogram, which will require an additional appointment at the Breast Care Center with the radiologist, the doctor who interprets your mammogram. If this is the case, know that we are here to guide you through this process, with the correct exams and specialty-trained medical personal.

We understand that being asked to return for additional imaging may cause anxiety, and like everyone else you may be tempted to consult Dr. Google, which is just fine. We would encourage you to limit research to professional websites such as SBI or The American Cancer Society.

Our patient navigator will call you to arrange a time for your next appointment; she is your go-to for questions and concerns. Your referring physician will also be notified of the need for an additional appointment.

Your next appointment may include more mammogram images and/or a breast ultrasound. Your images are reviewed by the radiologist, who then reviews the case with you, explaining the area of concern and explaining the findings.

According to the American College of Radiologists, most additional imaging exams are due to non-cancerous findings, most of which require no further follow-up. A very small percentage of patients will have a finding that requires a breast MRI or biopsy. Both are simple procedures performed at our facilities. The patient navigator is still your go-to person, she will schedule your breast MRI or your biopsy and she will notify your physician of the need for these procedures.

Our patient navigator or nurse will reach out to you a few days after your breast MRI with the results of your study and next steps. After a biopsy the nurse will call you the next day to check on you, she will make an appointment for you to come into to see her in a few days to review the results of your biopsy and check on the biopsy site, if necessary. We understand this is an anxious time for you and your family, and we work quickly to give you results. Fortunately, most biopsies reveal non-cancerous findings. If not, we have a dedicated group of professionals to provide you the most advanced care necessary to guide you through your journey.

We get it, time for ourselves is hard to come by and using it for a screening mammogram is usually not the top pick of things to do. What we do know is this, yearly screening mammograms, beginning at age 40, save lives, it is really just that simple. There is no vaccine for breast cancer and until there is, screening mammograms are your best weapon. Yearly screening mammograms help the radiologists detect cancer at earlier

To schedule a mammogram with Davis Hospital, visit their website.

Davis Hospital and Medical Center


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