Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine the breasts. A mammogram is used as a screening tool to detect early breast cancer in women experiencing no symptoms, and to detect and diagnose breast disease in women experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge.
What to expect during the procedure
During your mammogram, the technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit. Your breast will be placed on a special platform and the technologist will gradually compress your breast with a special paddle. The patient must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray is taken. The examination generally takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Preparation for your exam
Your skin should be clean. Please do not use any deodorant, perfume, powder, lotion or other preparations in your underarm area or on your breasts. Residue from such preparations can create misleading results and compromise your exam.