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How Do I Prepare For A Mammogram?

  • Schedule the test for one week after your period, when your breasts are less tender.
  • Bring prior mammogram images from other clinics, so that the radiologist can compare the two.
  • On the morning of your test, don't use deodorant, powder, lotions or perfume under your arms or on your breasts. You can wash normally with soap.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit with a blouse that you can remove easily.
  • Consider taking an over-the-counter pain medication (Tylenol, for example) about an hour before the exam. It might ease some discomfort.

What Should I Expect During The Mammogram?

  • You'll be given a gown to wear in place of your blouse and will be asked to remove necklaces. You can keep your bottoms on.
  • During the procedure, the technologist will place one breast on a "tray" that raises or lowers, depending upon your height. She'll then position your breast, head, arms and torso to get the best test results.
  • Your breast is then pressed against the tray by a clear plate. You'll feel some pressure for a few seconds as your breast tissue is spread out. Most women find it uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful. If you have too much discomfort, please tell the technologist.
  • You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds as the image is taken.
  • The entire process typically takes less than 30 minutes.
  • You will be notified of your test results in writing. If you identify a primary care physician or gynecologist at registration, they'll also be sent your results.


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