A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast designed to help find tumors that may be too small to feel. Maine Medical Center offers comprehensive breast cancer screening and diagnosis services, including digital breast tomography (DBT), also known as 3D mammography.
What is a screening mammogram?
A screening mammogram is typically ordered by a health care provider as a preventative diagnostic tool. Call 207-396-7750 to schedule a screening mammogram (if you have no signs or symptoms of breast disease).
What is a diagnostic mammogram?
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.
Mammography Services: 207-396-7750
- Maine Medical Center 22 Bramhall Street, Portland, ME 04102
- Maine Medical Partners Falmouth Family Medicine 5 Bucknam Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
- Outpatient Care Services 100 Campus Drive, Suite 121, Scarborough, ME 04070
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.