What Patients Ask Us
Every patient is unique and your individual care is our focus. Appointment times vary depending on the exam or exams you will be having done. We appreciate your patience.
New patients should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their appointment to complete any needed paperwork. If you are an established patient it will take less time to complete the visit paperwork. Please be sure to have your photo ID, insurance card and prescription with you to reduce any time spent waiting.
Your photo ID, insurance card, prescription, and any prior mammogram images or reports you may have. We will scan your information and return any images or reports to you. Please leave valuables at home.
Exam results are made available to all patients after your radiologist reviews the exam and approves the report. Not all exams may be available on the portal (some biopsies, for example). Please call us if you need your report and do not see it listed. The patient portal is located at https://patients.wcrorlando.com
We want you to be comfortable. Try to wear two-piece clothing so that you can change into a dressing gown easily. If you are having an MRI or DEXA study, please do not wear any clothing with metal zippers or metal buttons. Avoid using deodorant, perfumes or body cosmetics if you are having a mammogram, as these products can cause unsatisfactory results.
Each examination is different. Generally, there are few preparations you need to make for mammography or ultrasound, though you should check each exam for which you are scheduled.
Some women experience mild discomfort during compression, which usually lasts only for a few moments. Since each breast is compressed on two or more angles, some women may feel uncomfortable during the procedure. Our technologists are well trained and experienced in performing mammograms, and can usually adjust the compression for the least amount of discomfort.
We are asking if your genetic heritage is European, African-American, or Asian to help determine your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry population has been shown to have an increased risk of breast cancer. We ask for this information to help determine your lifetime hereditary risk of developing cancer.
BRCA1 and BRCA2 are human genes. Mutations of these genes has been linked to hereditary breast and ovarian cancer. A women’s lifetime risk of developing breast cancer is greatly increased if she inherits a harmful BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutated gene.
We cannot advise you on medication, dosage, or ongoing treatment of any kind. We perform diagnostic imaging at the request of your physician. Please talk to your doctor about any concerns you may have regarding your medication.
Your radiologist is specially trained to interpret and discuss any findings from your mammogram. If you have any questions, please ask to speak with the radiologist before you leave.
Not necessarily. Most biopsies are benign and show no cancer.
No. The procedures performed in our office are done using local anesthesia, which means you’ll be awake with little or no recovery time.
- Feeling a lump or mass or welling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)
- Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)
- Breast or nipple pain.
- Nipple retraction (turning inward)
- Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin.
- Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)