A mammogram is a diagnostic x-ray of the breast.
Utmost care is taken to provide complete privacy. Once you are in the room, you will be asked to remove your clothing above the waist and put on a mammography gown. You will be positioned by the technologist.
Your breast will be positioned and compressed between two plastic shields. This flattens the breast so all tissue can be seen. Compression is necessary to obtain the best possible image of your breast. Compression can be somewhat uncomfortable but should not be painful.
Procedure will take about 30 minutes.
- Do not apply anything to your underarm or breast area. (Example: deodorant, powder, body cream, etc.) These may blur the x-ray.
- You may choose to wear a two-piece outfit, such as a blouse and skirt or pants since you will have to undress above the waist.
- If you normally have breast tenderness, it may be beneficial for you to stop consuming products with caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, cola) for 1-2 weeks before your appointment.
- If you have had a previous mammogram done elsewhere (not at JTDMH), you need to obtain those films so that they can be compared to the exam that you are having done.
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For Your Information
- Any woman who is pregnant, or thinks she might be, should let her doctor know before the mammogram.
- Do not bring jewelry or large amounts of money with you.
- You will be asked to change into a hospital gown.
- Relax and follow the directions given to you by the Medical Imaging staff.
- In some cases, there is the possibility of detecting breast cancer before a lump can be felt.
- You will be able to leave the x-ray department when the test is finished. Discharge instructions will be given to outpatients.
- The Radiologist (x-ray doctor) will “read” the mammogram and send the results to your doctor. Your doctor will share the results of this test with you; feel free to ask the doctor if you have any questions. If your previous mammogram films are not here, your reading may be delayed.
- If you have any questions concerning your preparation, please call 419-394-3335. ext. 3550 for assistance.