What to Expect During a Mammogram

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What to Expect     

During a Mammogram

On the day of your mammogram you should:

  • Wear a comfortable two-piece outfit.
  • Do not use deodorant or any products which may contain talcum powder or lotion.

During your mammogram:

  • You will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown.
  • Once the radiologist is ready to see you, you will go to the mammography room and disrobe.
  • Your breast is then placed on a special platform and slowly compressed until it is flattened.
  • You may feel discomfort or pressure for several seconds, until your breast is released.
  • The procedure is repeated until each breast is imaged twice from two different angles.
  • The entire process of getting a mammogram generally takes about 30 minutes.

Mammogram Results:

  • A radiologist reviews the images and sends the results to your doctor's office.
  • You should get your results within a week from your mammogram appointment.
  • If an abnormality is found, more imaging or additional tests such as a biopsy may be needed.

Detecting breast cancer as early as possible is critical to survival.  Having a mammogram may be the first step in diagnosing breast cancer.  Get checked!

To learn more about mammograms, watch the video below:

 

 


Reference

Video from: About.com