Preparing For Your Mammogram

Getting your first mammogram may seem daunting, but with the right preparation and knowledge, you can feel confident and empowered. Our team of compassionate professionals, including front desk staff and experienced technologists, will be there to guide you every step of the way. You’ll know exactly what to expect, and we’ll make sure that your experience is a stress-free one. So take a deep breath and trust in our expert care - you’ve got this!

Don’t delay and schedule your mammogram today. Mammograms are the most effective tool to detect breast cancer early on, and taking action now could save your life. Act with confidence and prioritize your health by booking your mammogram appointment..

You can take some easy steps to be prepared for your mammogram. Here are some confident tips and pointers to help you prepare for the screening:

  • To get the best possible images and experience less discomfort during your mammogram, it is recommended that you schedule your appointment when your breasts are not tender or swollen. Therefore, it’s best to avoid scheduling your mammogram during the week just before your period.
  • It is important to have a discussion with your healthcare provider about any recent changes or problems in your breasts before getting a mammogram. This will ensure that you receive the most accurate and effective screening possible.
  • On the day of your medical examination, it is recommended to avoid wearing any deodorant or antiperspirant as some of these products contain substances that may appear as white spots on the x-ray. In case you need to apply deodorant after the exam, it is advisable to carry it with you.
  • Wearing a skirt or pants could be a more comfortable option for you. This way, you can keep your lower body covered and easily remove only your top and bra for the mammogram.
  • When visiting a new facility, it’s always a good idea to come prepared. Be confident and bring along a comprehensive list of your past breast treatments, including the specific dates and places of your mammograms and biopsies.
  • To ensure accurate comparison of your mammograms, make sure to obtain your records from the previous facility and bring them with you to the new one. Alternatively, you can have them sent directly to the new facility. This step is crucial for precise and confident diagnosis.
  • To ensure accurate and consistent results, it is highly advisable to have your mammograms performed at the same facility every year. This not only helps in easy comparison of the results but also provides a better understanding of any changes that may occur over time.

Rest assured that our experienced technologists and staff will greet you upon arrival for your mammogram and confidently inquire about a few necessary details:

  • Be confident and proactive in reporting any changes in your breasts, as well as any medical history that could affect your risk of breast cancer. This includes prior surgeries, hormone usage, and a family history of breast cancer. Early detection is key, so don’t hesitate to speak up and seek medical advice if you have any concerns.
  • It is essential to inform the technologist if there is any chance of pregnancy or if you are currently breastfeeding before undergoing any imaging test. This step is crucial to ensure your safety and the accuracy of the results.

You can expect a clear understanding of your mammogram procedure with our guide on “What to Expect During Your Mammogram”. This guide will provide you with detailed information about the process and help you prepare confidently for your test.

  • You’ll need to take off your top for the mammogram and they’ll give you a wrap to wear for privacy.
  • During the mammogram, only the technologist will be in the room with you to position your breasts properly.
  • To ensure that we get a high-quality image, we will need to compress your breast. Our technologist will place your breast on the machine’s plate and then lower the plastic upper plate to compress your breast for a few seconds while taking a picture. After that, you will be directed to change position before the next image can be taken.
  • The procedure in its entirety lasts approximately 10-20 minutes, with the breast compression process being brief and lasting only a few seconds per application.
  • You may feel discomfort when your breasts are compressed, so please inform your technologist if you experience any pain.
  • Typically, a screening mammogram takes two pictures of each breast. However, some women may need more images taken due to having large breasts or breast implants.

Effortlessly acquire the results of your screening mammogram.

Rest assured that for all patients, their results will be sent to their physician as soon as possible. However, in rare cases where further examination is necessary, we will ask some patients to come back for additional imaging. Our team of experts will carefully review and analyze the findings to ensure the most accurate results. If you are asked to return for additional imaging, our staff will promptly call to schedule a follow-up appointment. You can trust that we are committed to providing the best care possible.

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