A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast designed to help find tumors that may be too small to feel.
A screening mammogram is typically ordered by a health care provider for patients as a preventative diagnostic tool.
To schedule a screening mammogram (for women who have no signs or symptoms of breast disease), call our Central Scheduling office at 207-396-7750.
In about 10% of screening mammograms completed, changes in the breast are found that call for additional testing. Further study may include a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is testing completed when a radiologist asks for added imaging to be done with x-ray or ultrasound, or both.
A request for you to return for more imaging does not mean that you have cancer! For screening and diagnostic mammograms, a radiologist will review and a report of the radiologist's findings or recommendations will be sent to your health care provider. Patients will also receive a letter informing you of the results.
Preparing for Your Appointment
- If you’ve had mammograms before, let us know so we may obtain the files in advance and make them available to the radiologist for comparison to the current exam.
- On the day of your appointment, do not apply deodorant or powder to underarms or around breasts. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots.
- Please confirm that we have received—or bring with you—your physician’s referral.