Diagnostic mammography studies at Wake Radiology are always directed by a radiologist who is onsite. The technologist is therefore able to review all images with the radiologist to ensure that the appropriate number and type of additional views are taken during the appointment. This approach improves the quality of the interpretation – and subsequent outcomes – as well as decreases the number of duplicate exams. Our approach also allows our radiologists to consult personally with patients and review their results before they leave the office.
Comparison Sets for Informed Interpretations
Wake Radiology strives to access and leverage the greatest amount of related clinical information we can when we perform diagnostic mammograms. Screening and diagnostic mammograms are compared to multiple previous years to ensure the fewest possible false positives and false negatives, which decrease the rate of unnecessary recalls and improve detection. While some radiology providers stop at two years of comparison, Wake Radiology goes as far back as possible for an average of 5-7 years, which is very important in evaluating a patient’s current exam for a change that could signal a subtle cancer. Dedicated staff members handle this labor intensive prior exam retrieval process so that the prior imaging and information is readily available to our breast imaging radiologists when needed.
Wake Radiology understands how anxious patients are when they are waiting for results — especially those who are considered at high risk of developing breast cancer. When patients return for their diagnostic mammogram evaluation, they meet with our physicians who take the time to review results and images with them so they know the thought process behind their diagnosis. We also discuss possible next clinical management steps so they are more informed about how their referring physician may manage their breast diagnosis. Our hands-on approach diminishes patient anxiety associated with continued uncertainty.