Mammography | Imaging | Genesis - Genesis Health System


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.

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