What Is Diagnostic Mammography

The first step in diagnosis is detection. The three main components of diagnosis of breast tissue include breast-self examination, clinical breast exam and Mammography. Diagnostic Mammography is an x-ray exam used to evaluate breast complaint. The concept behind Diagnostic Mammography is different from screening mammography. Diagnostic Mammography aims to take additional views of the breast as compared to screening mammography that usually takes two views. Hence, Diagnostic Mammography is time-consuming as well as costly as compared to screening mammography.


It is advisable to take benefit of the above-mentioned treatment when one is experiencing the below-listed symptoms.

  • Occurrence of Thicken Area
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Thickening of Breast
  • Redness
  • Changes in Breast Size

Apart from the above-mentioned symptoms, it is necessary to take benefit of Diagnostic Mammography if one detects abnormality on screening mammogram. Women who have followed radiation therapy for the first seven years after lumpectomy can also seek the benefit of Diagnostic Mammography.

Basic Procedure

The basic procedure of Diagnostic Mammography starts by taking a full sized picture of the breast. The next step involves capturing side-to-side image of the breast too. The above-mentioned dual steps are necessary in order to understand the condition in detail. It is possible to gain a complete picture about morphology details, calcification details and exact appearance. Such a technique is aptly suited to gain a true picture of calcification found among females. Diagnostic Mammography also helps to locate microcalcifications as well. Micro-calcification is a term used to denote the earliest sign of breast cancer. The role played by a breast-imaging radiologist plays a significant role in diagnostic mammogram.

Additional Studies

The role played by the breast-imaging radiologist assumes paramount significance as he monitors and determines the possible views necessary. The additional studies include:

  • Cyst Aspiration
  • Ultrasound
  • Physical Examination
  • Ductography

Conclusive and detailed diagnostic evaluation is necessary as it helps to evaluate findings, clearing doubts, recommendations and options as well. It is an encouraging aspect that all the findings are presented in a written form to the clients. The basic goal of Diagnostic Mammography is to find out the exact location and size of the breast. It also aims to image the associated lymph nodes and surrounding tissue as well.

In most cases, Diagnostic Mammography clearly shows that the abnormality is non-cancerous. If in the case the abnormality happens to be abnormal, the woman is advised to attend a routine follow up check usually within a period of six months. If anything suspicious is detected then a biopsy is ordered. There can be no second thought about the verity that biopsy is perhaps the only definitive way by which it is possible to determine whether a woman has a breast cancer.