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What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-level X-ray of the breasts.

When should I have a mammogram and how often?
Women age 40 or older should have a mammogram every year. The best time to have a mammogram is one week after your period has started—this is when your breasts will be the least tender.

How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes about 20 minutes.

How do I prepare for the procedures?
Don't wear deodorant or powder on the breasts or under your arm before having a mammogram. Notify the mammography technologist if you have silicon or saline breast implants, because implants can decrease the amount of breast tissue seen on mammography. The breast positioning and pressure applied may need modification in such cases.

What is the difference between screening and diagnostic mammograms?
A screening mammography is used to look for breast changes in women and men who have no signs of breast cancer. A diagnostic mammogram is given to women or men experiencing unusual breast changes such as lumps, pain, nipple discharge, thickening or changes in the size or shape of the breast.

Is a mammogram painful?
Approximately half of women who have a mammogram experience some discomfort due to the breast compression necessary to obtain a clear picture of the breasts, with the lowest amount of radiation.

Do not be alarmed if, after your mammogram, you notice some temporary discoloration of the skin on one or both breasts. This is the result of the breast compression. Remember, though this may be uncomfortable, it is absolutely essential because it improves the accuracy of the test and reduces the amount of radiation needed to get a clear picture.

Please know, breast compression is not dangerous and does not damage the breast tissue—the discomfort is only temporary.

When will I receive my test results?
A radiologist will review your X-rays and send reports to you and your referring doctor. Your doctor should receive the report within 3-4 business days, and you should receive it in 6-10 business days.