Additional Views Patient Procedure Description
What is it?
Additional Views are additional images taken after your initial mammogram. These are sometimes necessary to evaluate any changes noted from one year's mammogram to another, or for the symptomatic patient which may require additional magnification and/or a breast ultrasound.
What will happen to me?
You will be escorted to a dressing room where you will be asked to undress above the waist and put on a gown. A specially trained female technologist will perform the mammogram. Your breast will be placed on the film and under a compression paddle. The paddle will flatten your breast to expose as much of the tissue as possible.
Both breasts will be x-rayed from the top and from the side. The images will be evaluated by the radiologist (a physician who specializes in reading x-rays), a report will be sent to your personal physician and you will receive a letter in the mail.
How long will this test take?
This test takes about 20-30 minutes.
What will I feel? Will it hurt?
Some women do experience added discomfort during the additional view compression, but it should not be painful. The compression only lasts a matter of seconds and most women tolerate it very well.
What will the test show?
A magnified, focused, special view of the breast.
How do I get ready?
Do not use deodorant, powder, perfume or lotion on your breasts or underarm area before your mammogram. These substances sometimes leave a residue which may be detected by x-rays and affect the outcome of the exam.