Vanderbilt Breast Center

What to Expect During Your First Visit

If you are a new patient, please arrive approximately 15 minutes early to complete paperwork.  Returning patients can simply check in at the kiosk located in front of the clinic.  At your request, we can also give you a pager to notify you that it is time for your appointment.  

For a Routine Screening Mammogram

If this is a routine mammogram, a Radiology Technologist will take you to an exam room and conduct the examination. We will send a summary report to you and formal results to your physician.

For Specialized Clinical Services

If this is a non-routine visit for one of our specialized services (such as a second opinion, diagnostic follow-up or surgical evaluation), please make sure all previous films, reports and pathology slides are sent to us at least one week prior to your visit. If you have any questions about this, please call us at 615-322-2064.

Additional Information

You will receive a pink envelope in the mail prior to your appointment. Please fill out the enclosed form. If you do not receive this envelope, please click the link below to print the form.

Once you are here, a Nurse or Nurse Technologist will collect your forms, take your vital signs and your weight. In the exam room, you will first see either the Nurse Practitioner or the Physician. If your appointment is with the Nurse Practitioner, additional time may be required to see the Physician.

Sometimes additional tests such as an ultrasound or a biopsy are required in conjunction with your clinical visit. We will do our best to perform these tests on the day of your visit by extending your appointment length.

After the Radiologist reads the imaging exam, we will discuss the preliminary results with you. You will also receive a summary report by mail. Formal results will be sent to your physician.

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