Roswell Park - Screening Mammograms vs Diagnostic Mammograms

Posted at 12:59 PM, Oct 16, 2018

Linda talks with Dr. Marie Quinn. 

Dr. Quinn is a radiologist and Assistant Professor of Oncology in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.  She talks about the difference between screening mammograms verses diagnostic mammograms. 

Screening mammograms are given to patients who have no symptoms of breast cancer and have not found a lump.  Diagnostic mammograms are used after suspicious results are found on a screening mammogram or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue.  Such signs may include:  a lump, breast pain, nipple discharge, thickening of the skin on the breast and changes in the size or shape of the breast.

Women who’ve had breast cancer in the past are also encouraged to come in for a diagnostic mammogram.   Diagnostic mammograms give doctors more detailed images of the breast tissue.