Your Mammogram Visit
We want your mammogram experience to be positive, so we make scheduling as convenient as possible. It also helps to know what to expect on your visit.
Helpful Mammogram Tips
- Wear a two-piece outfit to make it easier to undress. You’ll be given a gown to wear.
- Avoid using any deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions above the waist. They leave a residue that may be picked up on the X-ray and can interfere with the mammogram results.
- Tell your healthcare provider and the radiologist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Avoid scheduling your mammogram during the week prior to your menstrual period to lessen any breast swelling and tenderness.
How the Mammogram Will Feel
The metal may feel cold, and when your breast is compressed, you may have some pain. However, this is necessary in order to obtain clear images.
How the Mammogram Is Performed
One breast at a time is rested on a flat surface that contains the x-ray plate. A device called a “compressor” will be pressed firmly against the breast to help flatten out the tissue.
X-ray pictures are then taken from several angles. You may be asked to hold your breath as each picture is taken.