Understanding the difference between screening and diagnostic mammogram

We understand that the language of health care can be confusing at times—and that's the last thing you need when you're trying to manage your well-being.

Some of our patients have asked us to explain the difference between screening and diagnostic mammogram so we thought this infographic might help.

Ready to schedule your mammo?
First, get a prescription from your doctor.
Then schedule your appointment online or by calling 484.580.1800.

Screening vs Diagnostic

Most insurance plans cover the cost.

Contact your insurance company to confirm your benefits.

What is the cost?

Costs are dependent on your benefit plan.

Contact your insurance company to see if you are responsible for a copay, co-insurance, or deductible.

It is for women age 40 or over or high-risk women over 25. Who should get this?
It is for women of any age with symptoms or abnormality on screening, needing additional evaluation.
Results are available within 1-2 business days. When can I expect results?
Results are available at the time of the appointment.
Additional testing, if needed, is scheduled for a separate appointment. What are the next steps?
Additional testing, if needed, may be done at the time of the original appointment. A breast surgeon will meet with you within 48 hours to discuss a possible biopsy.

To schedule a mammography appointment at Main Line Health, call 484.580.1800 or use our secure online appointment request form.