What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to
have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Deodorant, perfume, powders, or ointments
applied to the breasts or under the arms before the test. They may interfere
with the X-ray pictures.
- Breast implants or scar tissue from
previous breast surgery. This may make a mammogram harder to
A mammogram is not usually done if you are:
- Pregnant, because the radiation could damage
your developing baby (fetus). If a mammogram is absolutely
needed for diagnosing a problem, a lead apron will be placed over your
abdomen to shield your baby from exposure to the
- Breast-feeding, because breasts that contain milk are very
difficult to examine.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
November 1, 2012
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