How do I schedule a mammogram at Northwestern? To request an appointment at the Lynn Sage Comprehensive Breast Center, please call 312.472. 0420. To request Northwestern Memorial Hospital mammogram files, call 312.472. 0420.

Who was Lynn Sage? Lynn Sage’s story is about mothers and daughters. And breast cancer. A young wife and mother of two daughters, Sage died of the disease at age 39. Diagnosed in 1979, she succumbed after a grueling five-year battle.

Does a diagnostic mammogram include an ultrasound? This is called a diagnostic mammogram. The basic procedure for a diagnostic mammogram is the same as for a screening mammogram, but the diagnostic mammogram includes more images of the breast. Breast ultrasound uses sound waves to make images of the breast.

How long does it take for a radiologist to read a mammogram? You can usually expect the results of a screening mammogram within two weeks. If you’re having a mammogram as a follow-up test, you may get the results before you leave the appointment.

How do I schedule a mammogram at Northwestern? – Additional Questions

What happens if they see something on your mammogram?

You could be called back after your mammogram because: The pictures weren’t clear or didn’t show some of your breast tissue, so they need to be retaken. The radiologist (doctor who reads the mammogram) sees something suspicious, such as calcifications or a mass (which could be a cyst or solid mass).

How can I stop worrying about mammogram results?

Talk About It:

Call a close friend or family member and let them know how you’re feeling. It’s best if they have experienced a mammogram as they can directly sympathize with your fears and anxiety. Let them know you would appreciate some extra support during the waiting period.

How long does it take to get abnormal mammogram results?

This means your primary care doctor often has the results back 3 to 4 days after your mammogram. Most doctors or healthcare providers will contact you right away if an abnormality is found so that you can schedule a diagnostic mammogram or other tests to evaluate it.

How long do you wait for mammogram results?

Your breast screening (mammogram) results will be posted to you, usually within 2 weeks of your appointment.

Is no news good news after mammogram?

If your mammogram shows nothing unusual, your doctor may insert the report directly into your record without calling you. He or she might assume you expect a call only about something abnormal. Don’t assume that “no news is good news.” Make it clear to your doctor that you want to hear any and all results.

How does a radiologist read a mammogram?

At a basic level, the radiologist looks for anything that seems out of the ordinary—like asymmetries, irregular density, clusters of calcifications, or areas of thickening skin. [1] Having past images available for comparison helps the radiologist determine what is unusual or different this year.

What does a cancerous spot look like on a mammogram?

What does breast cancer look like on a mammogram? Any area that does not look like normal tissue is a possible cause for concern. The radiologist will look for areas of white, high-density tissue and note its size, shape, and edges. A lump or tumor will show up as a focused white area on a mammogram.

What should you not do before a mammogram?

What Not To Do Before a Mammogram
  • DON’T apply deodorant before your mammogram.
  • DON’T wear a dress or one-piece outfit.
  • DON’T go right before or during your period.
  • DON’T consume caffeine products (coffee, chocolate) several days up to two weeks before the appointment.

What is a bright white spot on a mammogram?

Calcifications. Calcifications are tiny calcium deposits within the breast tissue. They look like small white spots on a mammogram. They may or may not be caused by cancer.

What are the odds of breast calcifications being cancerous?

”Benign” calcifications are considered harmless. No further evaluation or treatment is needed. ”Probably benign” calcifications have a less than 2% risk of being cancer. In other words, about 98% of the time, these type of calcifications are considered not to be cancer.

Do breast calcifications need to be removed?

They don’t need to be removed and won’t cause you any harm. If the calcifications look indeterminate (uncertain) or suspicious you will need further tests, as in many cases a mammogram won’t give enough information. This doesn’t mean something is wrong, but further tests will help to make an accurate diagnosis.

Why would I need an ultrasound after a mammogram?

If you feel a lump in your breast, or one shows up on your mammogram, your provider may recommend an ultrasound. A breast ultrasound produces detailed images of breast tissue. It can reveal if the lump is a fluid-filled cyst (usually not cancerous) or a solid mass that needs more testing.

What is the next step if a breast biopsy is positive?

If you have a biopsy resulting in a cancer diagnosis, the pathology report will help you and your doctor talk about the next steps. You will likely be referred to a breast cancer specialist, and you may need more scans, lab tests, or surgery.

Can you tell if a breast lump is cancerous from an ultrasound?

If an abnormality is seen on mammography or felt by physical exam, ultrasound is the best way to find out if the abnormality is solid (such as a benign fibroadenoma or cancer) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst). It cannot determine whether a solid lump is cancerous, nor can it detect calcifications.

Can you tell if a lump is cancerous from an ultrasound?

Ultrasound cannot tell whether a tumor is cancer. Its use is also limited in some parts of the body because the sound waves can’t go through air (such as in the lungs) or through bone.

What is the next step after a breast ultrasound?

Your doctor may order a breast ultrasound to check for tumors or other abnormalities. If they find a lump that looks like a tumor, they may order follow-up imaging tests and a biopsy to collect a sample of tissue for testing. A biopsy will help your doctor learn whether the lump is cancerous.

How painful is a breast biopsy?

You will be awake during your biopsy and should have little discomfort. Many women report little pain and no scarring on the breast. However, certain patients, including those with dense breast tissue or abnormalities near the chest wall or behind the nipple, may be more sensitive during the procedure.