What to Expect in a Screening Mammogram

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What Is a Screening Mammogram?

A screening mammogram is performed on women without any symptoms yet of breast cancer. Doctors advise women to undergo the procedure to detect any possible presence of cancerous lumps. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the greater the likelihood of successful treatment.


Preparing for Your Screening Mammogram

On the day of your scheduled mammography, be sure that you avoid wearing any perfume, deodorant, powders, or lotion. Particles from any of these substances can distort X-ray images as they may look like shadows.

If you have breast implants, let the clinic or facility know about this beforehand so they can extend the time for the test. If you’re on your period, you might want to get your screening mammogram within two weeks following the end of your menstrual period. That way, you won’t experience any discomfort from tender breasts.


What to Expect

Before undergoing the procedure, you will be asked to remove your clothing above the waist and any neck jewelry. A paper gown or cloth will be provided to you. To make it easier for you, dress in a two-piece outfit on that day.

You and the technologist will be the only persons in the room. You will be instructed to stand in front of a special X-ray machine, with the technologist positioning you properly and placing one of your breasts on a platform. They will lower the plastic upper plate to compress your breast for several seconds, after which they’ll take a picture of it.

Your breast should be flattened to get high-quality images, allowing the X-rays to penetrate the breast tissue. The technologist will ask you to stand still and hold your breath for a few seconds. In case you feel any pain or uneasiness, tell the technologist.

The entire procedure will take about 20 minutes to complete. For each breast, two views will be taken for the screening mammogram. If a view appears unclear, you may be asked to repeat some steps.


Your Screening Mammogram Results

Reports are usually sent to patients within days. Your clinic will provide you a simple summary of its findings to help you understand the results clearly. To get a better understanding, you may request a full written report and discuss it with your doctor.


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Last Updated: March 10th, 2023