What is mammography?

Mammography (mammogram) is an x-ray exam of the breast. Most mammography is done as a baseline or screening exam. This exam is useful in diagnosis of breast disease and in detection of cancer. Most breast disease is not malignant or cancerous. If cancer is present, finding it early improves your chances of being treated successfully.

If you or your doctor detect the presence of a breast lump, mammography may aid in detecting other lumps or a lump in the other breast which cannot be felt yet.

Screening Mammogram vs a Diagnostic Mammogram:

A screening is an annual examination that is a check -up when a patient is not having any problems. A diagnostic mammogram, however, is usually ordered and performed when a patient has a lump, diagnosed with breast cancer within 5 years, is having pain or nipple discharge, etc.

Preparing for your Visit:

  • Please wash all deodorant and/or powder off the breast and underarms prior to your exam.  Please also refrain from wearing lotions and perfumes, or any other products on your upper torso as they may contain minerals that interfere with the results of your study.
  • We recommend you wear a two-piece outfit so that you will only need to disrobe from the waist up.
  • If your previous films are not available the day of your exam, the reading of the mammogram will be delayed.
  • Please notify your technologist if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You may eat, drink and take medications as usual unless you are advised differently.

Following Your Visit:

  • Our Radiologists will interpret your images and send a report directly to your doctor.  Your doctor will communicate the results of your exam to you.
  • We will send you a reminder card in one year.