Dr. Alice Chung recalls how long it takes for a woman to receive her mammogram results and provides advice for women who fear radiation side effects given off during this diagnostic test.
At our Breast Center, the patients who undergo mammogram get their results that very same day, specifically because we have radiologists who are on site. Other mammographic facilities don’t always have that luxury, so depending on where you go, it could take one to two days, or, you know, as I said, at the Breast Center at St. John’s it would be the same day.
Oftentimes women will ask me, “What are the side effects from the radiation exposure from doing the mammogram.” The radiation exposure from a lifetime of mammograms is equivalent to the background radiation exposure you just get from being in the environment. So, the effects are really minimal.
About Dr. Alice Chung, M.D.:
Using her expertise as a member of the American Society of Breast Disease and the Society of Surgical Oncology, Chung has performed numerous surgeries, authored countless studies on the field of breast surgery and presented on such diverse topics as nutrition, imaging and metastases. Highly skilled at sparing mastectomies and other surgical procedures related to breast cancer surgery, Chung has dedicated her practice to helping women everywhere.