So, you are going to perform a mammogram on a patient. It’s vital that the patient knows what their options are. When a patient goes to get a mammogram the questions asked will be something like this:
- What will the mammogram do?
- What will the mammogram reveal?
- Will I need another?
- Will the process hurt?
- Is there a difference between one mammogram and another?
- Is one more painful than another?
These are questions that need to be answered by the physician ahead of time and that serve as educational tools for future reference. The mammogram serves one of two purposes and sometimes both, they are:
- Establishing any abnormalities.
- Establishing the location of any lesions.
- Breast cancer tumor sizes and locations.
The two types of mammograms are known as:
- Screening mammogram
- Diagnostic Mammogram
A screening mammogram is simply the first type of mammogram that a woman has done. The screening mammogram basically let’s the patient know if they do or don’t require further examination. When the procedure is diagnostic it serves as a way to help the patient see if the mass is a tumor, the stage of the tumor, and establishing a proper treatment program.
A mammography system that’s finely tuned can make a huge difference. Re- furbished systems are often times as effective if not more effective than new systems. It’s important for physicians to understand that the quality of system they have is vital to an effective diagnosis and positive patient feedback.
If you have any questions about mammography systems, please feel free to give us a call. Our team of experts here at Amber Diagnostics looks forward to answering any questions you may have.