What views are performed for diagnostic mammography? How are patients who have undergone diagnostic mammography informed of results?
Routine views are performed with additional views as needed. Routine views include bilateral craniocaudal (CC) and mediolateral oblique (MLO) views. Additional views may include spot compression views, magnification views, exaggerated views, and rolled views. Ultrasonography (US) may also be performed if indicated. US evaluation may be performed to further evaluate a mammographic finding, such as a mass, or may be performed to further evaluate clinical symptoms, most commonly a clinically palpable breast mass. The imaging evaluation is completed while the patient is present at the imaging center, and the patient is informed of the results before he or she leaves. At our institution, the physician discusses the results with the patient.