Mammography is a test using low dose x-rays to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer. The breast is compressed by a paddle during the test to provide the best picture quality. You will need at least 2 mammograms of each breast.

What do I need to know?

The best time to schedule your mammogram is the week after your period.

  1. Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots.
  2. Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
  3. If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam

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