Diagnostic Mammography

A diagnostic mammogram is used when a patient has breast problems or receives abnormal results from a screening mammogram. Additional X-ray images are taken and enlarged to make evaluation and detection easier. Diagnostic images are interpreted immediately, so you'll receive your results before you leave the Breast Center.

In many cases, a diagnostic mammogram will show that an abnormal-looking area is not cancer. In those cases, the doctor may recommend you return at a later date for a follow-up mammogram.

If a diagnostic mammogram does show an area that needs additional evaluation, your doctor may recommend you undergo additional breast imaging (ultrasound) or have a breast biopsy.

If a biopsy is recommended, it does not mean you have cancer. The majority of biopsies—nearly 80%—are found to be non-cancerous (benign). There are many different types of biopsies; talk with your doctor about which is best for you. 

Diagnostic Mammography Locations

Fairview offers comprehensive diagnostic mammography services at several locations throughout central Minnesota. For a convenient location near you visit

Burnsville - Fairview Ridges Hospital - Breast Center
Edina - Fairview Southdale Hospital - Breast Center
Hibbing - Fairview University Medical Center, Mesabi - Breast Center
Maple Grove - University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics - Breast Center
Minneapolis - University of Minnesota Medical Center - Breast Center
Princeton - Fairview Northland Medical Center - Breast Care
Wyoming - Fairview Lakes Medical Center - Breast Care