For the purposes of accurate reporting, a radiologist requires high technical quality in each study. Interpreting mammograms takes considerable training and experience. In addition to strict federal compliance, Grand Avenue Imaging goes beyond the federal minimum requirements to deliver both early detection and peace of mind.
Every exam is interpreted as follows:
Category 0 Additional examination is recommended.
If you are among the patients asked to return in six months for a special view of an area, your study is a Category 3. Our assessment of your examination is almost definitively negative, but there is a subtle area in question that we would appreciate re-examining in six months to insure its stability. This request is not a cause for alarm. It is simply a diagnostic follow-up in order to confirm our previous findings. The odds are upward of 90%that it is not a significant finding. However, it is only by being extremely careful and cautious with every subtle finding that we will discover, or uncover, the early preclinical and curable abnormalities for which we are constantly searching.
If we request a six-month study, a letter will generally be sent to you and your referring physician explaining the reason for our request. The probability is high that this is not a significant finding. A personal reminder will be sent to you by your primary care provider at the time of the requested follow-up study. Only a limited study of the area in question will be necessary at that time.
If you have any questions about having your X-ray, please call us between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday at (213) 746-5800.