Mammography

Mammography is an x-ray exam of breast tissue. The image produced is called a mammogram. A mammogram can help detect problems with your breasts, such as cysts or cancer.

Procedure

  • You will need to undress from the waist up.
  • The technologist will position your breasts to get the best test results.
  • Each of your breasts will be compressed. This helps get the most complete x-ray image.

Preparation

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.
  • Bring a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
  • Do not apply underarm deodorant, powders, ointments or creams to your chest area the day of your scheduled exam. These products can show up on the images.
  • Bring prior mammography exams from other facilities with you at the time of the current exam.
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