How to Prepare for a Mammogram

There is minimal preparation for a mammogram. Please do not wear talcum powder, perfume, or deodorant on the day of your examination as this can show on the images and appear as an abnormality.

Perhaps most importantly, please make sure to send or bring your previous mammograms to our office a week before your diagnostic mammography appointment so that your new films can be compared to the older examinations. Comparing current studies to previous films decreases the number of additional views and callbacks for additional imaging.

What You Will Experience During a Mammogram

You will be asked to remove clothing from the waist up and stand in front of the mammographic unit. A good mammogram requires the breasts to be compressed between two plates. While this compression can be uncomfortable, it is only applied for a short time and is automatically released after the exposure is completed. Our technologists have been taught to maximize the degree of compression and at the same time minimize any discomfort.

Sometimes the radiologist may request that more films be taken so that an area may be seen more clearly, and therefore the technologist may return once or twice to take more films. Do not be alarmed by this, as it is a common occurrence and does not necessarily imply something is wrong.

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