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Breast Imaging

Dr. Preisser looking at digital mammographyThe Iowa Clinic Medical Imaging & Radiology Department proudly offers both 2D and 3D Mammography for your convenience. While 2D digital mammography remains the gold standard for early detection, 3D images can offer better visualization

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is superior at detecting breast cancer. A certified mammography technologist will take the mammographic images of the breast. The technologist will ask you several questions prior to your exam, to better understand your history and/or any problems you may be having. A board-certified radiologist will examine the images to look for masses and calcifications. Should further evaluation be necessary, you will be contacted either by Medical Imaging or your primary care provider.

While a screening mammogram is encouraged each year for women who do not have significant breast symptoms, your doctor may order a diagnostic mammogram if you have a personal history of breast cancer or you are experiencing:

  • a worrisome lump
  • changes in the breast skin
  • pain
  • nipple discharge

Diagnostic mammography may also be performed if your screening mammogram demonstrates a possible abnormality.

A diagnostic mammogram is not considered a preventive care service by most insurance companies. This exam may be subject to deductibles and co-insurance, so we suggest you contact your insurance provider with coverage questions.

What Should I Expect?

Screening Mammogram

Please allow up to 30 minutes for your screening exam.

  • Do not wear body powder or deodorant.
  • Do wear two-piece clothing for more convenience.

During your screening mammogram appointment, the radiologist may decide it is necessary to perform additional mammographic images and/or a Breast Ultrasound if warranted.

Diagnostic Mammogram

Please allow up to one hour for your diagnostic exam.

During your diagnostic mammogram appointment, the radiologist may decide it is necessary to perform additional mammographic images and/or a Breast Ultrasound to further assess your unique problem.

When Will I Receive My Results?

If your mammogram is normal:

If your results require further follow-up, you will be contacted by your physician.

Please be advised that you will not receive your results during your visit, as the radiologist will need ample time to interpret your images. If you have had a previous mammogram at a facility other than Iowa Clinic Medical Imaging, please let us know so we may obtain the films for comparison. It is extremely important for the radiologist to have your prior films for comparison, as it enhances the doctor's ability to detect a subtle change or small abnormality on your current mammogram. Availability of prior films at your appointment also decreases the length of time it takes for you to get your results.

    • Do not wear body powder or deodorant.
    • Do wear two-piece clothing for more convenience.
    • you will receive a letter in the mail with the results.
    • you may receive your results electronically by registering for our MyHealth Patient Portal.
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