Understanding Mammograms: Screening vs. Diagnostic

Screening Mammography

Screening mammography looks for signs of breast cancer. A screening mammogram is appropriate for a woman without signs or symptoms of breast disease, and is recommended for the purpose of early detection of breast cancer.

Diagnostic mammography

Diagnostic mammography investigates possible problems. A diagnostic mammogram is appropriate for a man or woman with signs and symptoms of breast disease, or for example, a personal history of breast cancer.  A diagnostic mammogram is typically a longer appointment than a screening mammogram and includes a physician's interpretation of the results at the conclusion.

Signs for symptoms of breast disease include findings such as:

  • palpable lump in the breast
  • discharge from the nipple
  • visible changes in the surface of the breast skin

Mammogram FAQs

Click here for the most frequently asked questions about mammograms. 

Image Guided Breast Procedures

If you have been recommended for a biopsy, additional information can be found at RadiologyInfo.org.

Make an Appointment

To schedule an appointment for a mammogram or other breast imaging studies, please call our scheduling line or use the online appointment request form.

855-546-0581

Appointment hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday (once a month)

Meet the Team

Learn more about the Breast Imaging specialists at MedStar Georgetown. 

3D Mammography

MedStar Georgetown is proud to offer Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography) to all our patients, at no additional charge. We have upgraded all our equipment to Breast Tomosynthesis systems with the latest C-View software that reduces radiation exposure to patients.  3D Mammography helps detect cancers earlier and more effectively than traditional 2D digital mammography. Learn more

Awards & Recognitions

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

 ACR Award