Preparing for Your Mammogram

At the time of scheduling, you will be asked a few questions to determine if you should be scheduled for a screening or diagnostic mammogram. Please inform us of the location of any prior mammogram so that we may retrieve it prior to your appointment. Having your previous mammogram for comparison is very important and allows the radiologist to pick up breast changes earlier.

When you register at the facility, you will be asked to provide information regarding any prior breast surgeries or hormone use, as well as family or personal history of breast cancer. Please inform the technologist if you have any current breast health concerns so that the radiologist can be notified.

During a mammogram, you will stand in front of a special X-ray machine. One breast rests on a platform. A special plate is then brought close to the platform and briefly compresses the breast while the image is obtained. This may cause some discomfort, but it is important to spread the tissues apart so that abnormalities within the tissue will be easier to see. Please tell the technologist if you experience pain, and she will work with you to obtain the best possible images.

Your mammogram images will be transmitted to the radiologist for review and interpretation. For a screening mammogram, a detailed report will be sent to your doctor, and a summary will be mailed to you. If you are being seen for a diagnostic mammogram or ultrasound, the radiologist will discuss your results with you at the time of your visit.

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