How To Prepare
If you have previously had a mammogram
done at another clinic, have the results sent or bring them with you to your
Tell your doctor if you:
- Are or might be pregnant. A mammogram is an
X-ray test with exposure to low-dose radiation and is not done for routine
screening during pregnancy.
- Are breast-feeding. A mammogram may not
provide clear results in breasts that contain milk.
- Have breast
implants. Breast implants require a modified mammogram method.
previously had a breast biopsy. Knowing the location of scar tissue will help
radiologist read your mammogram accurately.
On the day of the mammogram, do not use any deodorant,
perfume, powders, or ointments on your breasts. The residue left on your skin
by these substances may interfere with the X-rays.
If you are
still having menstrual periods, you may want to have your mammogram done within
2 weeks after your menstrual period ends. The procedure will be more
comfortable, especially if your breasts become tender before your period
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
November 1, 2012
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