Mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray of the breast(s). Mammography, along with breast self-examination, is the best defense against breast cancer. Early diagnosis and treatment saves thousands of lives annually.

There are two kinds of mammograms: screening and diagnostic. Screening mammograms involve two x-ray views of each breast. In the event an area of concern is identified, the patient may be called back for special additional views. This happens with about 7-10% of screening mammograms. Although a small percentage of these follow-up (diagnostic) mammograms reveal breast cancer, the vast majority of these tests will be normal.

Diagnostic mammograms require more views and are usually indicated in situations where patients have had prior breast surgery, implants or fibrocystic disease. In either exam, screening or diagnostic, the breasts will be temporarily and gently compressed in order to obtain the best possible image.

Mammograms are brief; usually no more than 20 minutes in duration and there is no advance preparation other than to refrain from using any deodorant, powder or lotion on the breasts or under the arms on the day of your exam. Patients should also wear a 2-piece outfit so only the top need be removed in the room. Lastly, they should bring in the name of the facility where your previous mammograms have been performed, should we need them for comparison.

If you are pregnant, please tell our patient representative.

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