A diagnostic mammogram may include the same 4 images as a screening mammogram. The differences are that the exam will be tailored by a radiologist with the possibility of additional mammographic views obtained. Additional views may include magnification, spot compression, angled and/or rolled views.
Ultrasound may also be included in your work-up if you have a lump in your breast or a finding seen on your mammogram which requires evaluation with ultrasound.
Screening mammogram is a mammogram when you are not having any problems. It is a standard 4 views, but occasionally can include additional views determined by the technologist to include all of the breast tissue.
If you have implants the 4 standard pictures are duplicated for the implant included and the implant displaced.
Screening mammography is recommended at the age of 40 y/o and than every year there after. Many doctors request a baseline mammogram be obtained at age 35 y/o.
If you are at a higher risk for breast cancer, mammography may begin sooner than 35 y/o.