If further tests are needed, the Screening Mammography Program of BC (SMP) has a Fast Track system in place and an appointment is scheduled as quickly as possible because we know waiting can be stressful. You'll be called directly by a diagnostic office nearest to you to arrange an appointment.
Additional tests can include one or more of the following:
- Diagnostic mammograms: takes x-rays of the area of concern.
- Ultrasound: uses sound waves to produce an image of the area.
- Needle Biopsy: takes sample of tissue from the area of concern.
This does not mean that a cancer was found – over 95% of the women called for additional tests do not have cancer.
Fast Track is a province-wide initiative aimed at reducing the time between an abnormal result and further testing. To speed up the process, SMP sends results directly to the physician and facilitates the referral for the first round of diagnostic testing. Once complete, the diagnostic results are sent to the physician. Please contact your family doctor for these results.
Contact with the Fast Track center usually occurs within 1 week and participants typically receive their diagnostic tests more quickly; on average 1.1 weeks versus 2.4 weeks. The Fast Track centre will contact the health care provider if unable to reach the participant directly.