Maybe you recently decided to try the best 3D mammogram experience in El Paso, have recently moved, changed doctors, or acquired new insurance, and are now going to our imaging center for your annual mammogram. Either way, Professional Radiology, your new imaging center, will very often request that you provide the images from your previous mammograms. So, why are these prior images so important?
3 Reasons Why your Prior Images are so Important
Looking for Change
When you have a screening mammogram in El Paso (a routine exam for women who have not experienced any symptoms or abnormalities), one of the things the radiologist interpreting your images will look for is a change from your previous mammograms. If an area of your breast has changed significantly since last year, it may be something that the radiologist will want to take a closer look at. In this case, the radiologist may recommend a diagnostic mammogram.
Avoid Double Work
If you have had mammograms done in the past, a previous radiologist may have checked areas of your breasts that look suspicious, only to determine the area is normal and harmless. Without prior images, the current radiologist may order more testing on the same area, which could result in an unnecessary diagnostic mammogram, breast biopsy, and/or ultrasound.
Prior Images are REQUIRED for all Diagnostic Mammograms
If you go in for a diagnostic mammogram (an exam for women who have experienced symptoms or abnormalities with their breasts), your prior images are definitely required. They are used for comparison and help determine the best plan of action specifically designed for you and your medical history.
How Can I Obtain My Prior Images?
Obtaining your prior images should not be a headache! If this is your first time having a mammogram at Professional Radiology, you have 2 simple options:
Request Your Images
Contact your previous imaging center or hospital and request your prior mammograms. You will likely have to complete a medical release form if you haven’t done so already. You can usually have them mailed to you or directly to Professional Radiology (10501 Gateway Blvd. W. Suite 101, El Paso, TX 79925 ) or pick them up and bring them to your appointment. This would be the most expeditious way and thus highly recommended.
Professional Radiology Can Request Your Images
Although this would take longer, our Medical Records Coordinators are happy to obtain your images for you! All you need to do is swing by our center (10501 Gateway W Blvd. Ste. 101. El Paso, TX 79925) and sign a medical release form, allowing us to request your images.
Mammograms in El Paso
Don’t wait; get your next mammogram today. Call Professional Radiology at (915) 225-2480 to learn more about our services in El Paso.