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This is the process of using low-dose X-rays to examine the human breast. It is used as a diagnostic as well as a screening tool for breast cancer.

The value of mammography is early detection. Early detection saves lives and, in many cases, also saves the woman's breast by identifying the cancer at a very early stage when it is most easily treated and is not life threatening.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE?
30-45 minutes

WILL IT HURT?
You may feel some discomfort and pain.

WHO INTERPRETS THE RESULTS & HOW DO I GET THEM?
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the results with you.

Schedule the test for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender. If you haven't gone through menopause, that's usually during the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be tender the week before and the week during your period.
Be prepared to bring any mammogram films previously done to your appointment, especially if they were performed at a different facility.
Reduce your risk of experiencing pain before you have your mammogram, especially if breast tenderness is an issue for you. Simply take 1 or 2 tablets of ibuprofen or acetaminophen about an hour before your mammogram appointment.

Plan to wear a 2-piece outfit to your mammogram. That way you'll only have to remove your top (note that you'll be given a robe or hospital gown to wear).

Don't use deodorant before your mammogram. Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.

   

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