Mammogram - Diagnostic - Digital

This is an x-ray of the breast. The images are provided on a computer.




This is an x-ray of the breast. The images are provided on a computer.



A digital mammogram is an x-ray of the breast. The digital images are displayed on a computer screen. The images can be printed if necessary. An older technology (analog mammogram) provides images that are printed on radiology film. Check with your healthcare provider to determine which type of technology will be used, as costs may vary.

  • A diagnostic mammogram is done to evaluate a lump or suspicious area seen on a screening mammogram or detected on a clinical examination.
  • A screening mammogram is done to help detect breast cancer or precancerous conditions in a person who does not have any symptoms.

Based upon the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, screening mammography is covered without deductibles or copayments when performed by an in-network provider.

  • Diagnostic mammography is subject to deductibles and copayments.
  • A diagnostic mammogram, done as follow up to breast cancer evaluation or treatment, is usually subject to a deductible and/or copayment.
  • When submitting information, your provider decides whether the test is for screening or diagnostic purposes.

Here are some things you should know before having a mammogram.

  • Tell the technician if you are, or could be, pregnant. The exposure from a single X-ray has not been associated with harmful effects to an unborn baby, but precautions should be taken.
  • Do not use any deodorant, powder or lotion on your underarms or breasts the day of the test. This could interfere with the test results.
  • You may want to wear a two-piece outfit. That way, you can just remove the top for the test.
  • Tell the technician if you have breast implants. A different procedure may be required.
  • You will need to stay still during the test, so the technician can take a clear image.

This care path's costs include the facility charges (the test or procedure) plus the physician charges (interpreting the test or performing the procedure). You may get separate bills for the facility and physician charges.

What should I ask my healthcare provider before having this test?

  • Is there any preparation for the test? (If so, get clear instructions on what you need to do.)
  • How long will it take for me to get the results of my mammogram?
  • If there is an abnormality, who will explain the test results and follow-up plans to me?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

X-ray
Mammogram - Diagnostic - Digital
Lump
Digital Mammogram
Diagnostic Mammogram
Breast Mammography


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