What is a mammogram?
This test is an x-ray of the breasts used to detect breast abnormalities and diagnose breast disease. Genesis also offers 3D mammography to its patients. 3D mammography, or tomosynthesis, uses low-dose x-ray systems and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breasts to aid in early detection and diagnosis.
How should I prepare for my mammogram?
To prepare for your exam, please do the following:
- Do not wear deodorant, powder, cream or ointment on the breast or under your arms the day of your test.
- If you are still having periods, try to schedule your mammogram one week after your period ends. Your breasts are less tender at this time.
- Please allow 30 minutes for the test.
What should I expect during my mammogram?
You will need to undress above the waist. The technologist will provide you will a wrap to wear. During the exam, the technologist will position your breast, one at a time, onto the exam surface of the machine. The breast is compressed (flattened) and the x-rays are taken. The compression lasts for a brief time and may cause discomfort.