Capitol Imaging Services helps to answer the question, “what is the difference between a screening mammogram and a diagnostic mammogram?”

While screening mammograms are routinely administered to detect breast cancer in women who have no apparent symptoms, diagnostic mammograms are used after suspicious results on a screening mammogram or after some signs of breast cancer alert the physician to check the tissue.

A diagnostic mammogram can help determine if these symptoms are indicative of the presence of cancer. As compared to screening mammograms, diagnostic mammograms provide a more detailed x-ray of the breast using specialized techniques. They are also used in special circumstances, such as for patients with breast implants. If your doctor prescribes a diagnostic mammogram, realize that it will take longer than a normal screening mammogram, because more x-rays are taken, providing views of the breast from multiple vantage points.

A conventional 2D screening mammogram is covered 100% by the Affordable Care Act. A diagnostic mammogram is not and is subject to your health insurance deductible and potential co-insurance.

The Capitol Imaging Services affiliate performing mammograms, Diagnostic Imaging Services (DIS), is accredited in mammography by the American College of Radiology, meeting or exceeding standards set for quality, safety, reporting, technology and expertise. Our Metairie Women’s Center has also be awarded the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designation.

DIS performs 2D and 3D screening and diagnostic mammograms in Covington, Marrero, Metairie and Slidell, LA.

You can contact DIS directly by calling 504-883-5999 or 985-641-2390. Or, click here to send a secure email requesting appointment assistance.

Capitol Imaging Services is the largest independent consortium of radiology practices in the southeastern United States. Over 20 centers, from Texas to Florida (and growing), not only perform the scan, such as an MRI or CT, but also provide the radiology expertise to review the images and issue the important results to physicians and other qualified medical and healthcare providers.

Capitol Imaging Services is doctor trusted and patient preferred.