Your annual screening mammogram is the best “place to start” for detecting breast cancer. What does in mean if you’re called back for additional exams? And, what type of exam will you have? Our breast imaging radiologists created this inforgraphic to show the sequence of exams they can use to confirm a breast cancer diagnosis.
Wake Radiology uses a thorough process for diagnosing breast cancer. We’ve outlined the standard sequence of breast imaging to help women understand the process we follow from screening to investigating a possible breast cancer diagnosis.
One size doesn’t fit all
We recognize that no one woman is like another. All of our patients have unique health conditions, personal histories and specific concerns. This information highlights a routine process. A request for additional imaging simply helps us determine an accurate diagnosis.
Early detection is key
We recommend all women over 40 have annual screening mammograms. This is the best way to detect breast cancer early when it’s most treatable. We also encourage our patients to talk with their primary care physician if they have specific concerns about their breast health.
We recommend you contact your physician if you experience any of these symptoms:
- Palpable lump in breast or underarm
- Swelling of all or part of a breast
- Skin changes or dimpling
- Nipple retraction
- New pain in one spot that doesn’t go away
- New nipple discharge
- Change in the look or feel of your breasts or nipples
If it’s time for your annual screening mammogram, consider having a 3D mammogram at one of our office located throughout the Triangle. You can request an appointment online or by calling our Scheduling Team at 919-232-4700. You do not need an order from your doctor to have your annual screening exam.