What should you do after a mammogram exam?
After the actual exam has been completed, some people feel a bit relieved because the proceedure is over. Yet some still may feel a bit stressed until they find out their results. Both emotions are common but the stress might be helped by knowing a little more information about the steps that are still left.
AFTER THE EXAM:
After the exam is completed, you can put your clothes and all your jewelry back on while the images are being processed and reviewed. Remember to get back all the personal items you arrived with and take them with you. It is no longer necessary to avoid any antiperspirants, deodorants, lotions, make-up and/or powders at this point.
Your mammogram results can be given to you either by the radiologist when he or she is assured that they have been taken correctly, or later by the patient's doctor who ordered the mammogram. In many cases, it will be by both.
In the United States, facilities that perform mammograms must give a woman her original mammogram pictures if she requests them. Remember, however, it takes a qualified radiologist or doctor to interpret them correctly. Do NOT read into anything you may see on them.
The actual report of the mammogram from the radiologist generally varies. Due to the demands of patients, many places will provide results within 24 hours. However, usually it takes a few days to reach the referring doctor by mail or digitally through computers and then the results to be given to you. It's worth noting that if there is a suspicious area found, this information is usually given directly to the referring doctor swiftly so that further evaluation of this area can be done in a timely manner.
If you are asked to come back at a later date for more mammogram images do NOT panic. Many times the doctor simply needs to recheck an area that could not be clearly seen on the first test. You can read more about result terms such as false-positives and false-negatives here. Obviously, the experience of the physician who sees the mammogram is fundamental in order to distinguish the benign lesions from the malignant ones.
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- Why would someone need or get a mammogram?
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- What is getting a mammogram like?
- What are the costs of a mammogram?
- When should I get a mammogram?
- What are the risks of a mammogram?
- What are false-positives and false-negatives?
- Differences with screening, diagnostic & biopsy?