Diagnostic Breast Imaging
A diagnostic mammogram is typically ordered when further evaluation of the breast is needed or to check any problems found on a screening mammogram. It may include breast ultrasound or breast MRI, depending on your risk factors. More views are taken in comparison to a screening mammogram.
Breast ultrasound technology uses sound waves to evaluate specific areas of concern that can be felt, such as a breast lump, or anything identified on a mammogram that requires further study. It is often used in combination with diagnostic mammography. While mammography images evaluate the entire breast, ultrasound images can provide more information on a specific area.
Breast MRI is a highly advanced technology that uses magnets and radio waves to produce images of soft tissue in the breast. When used with screening and diagnostic mammography, MRI technology provides additional information for the early detection and diagnosis of breast disease. Breast MRI can also serve as an additional safeguard for those with a high risk of breast cancer.