A mammogram is an x-ray of your breast. It is the best way to detect
breast cancer. You should have a yearly mammogram after age 40 or
sooner if you have higher risks for breast cancer. Talk to your doctor
about your risk factors.
- Tell the staff before the test if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
- Do not use deodorant, lotion or
powder under your arms or on
your breasts the day of your test.
During the Test
- You need to undress from the waist up. You are given a paper gown
- You are asked to stand next to the machine.
- There are at least 2 x-rays taken of each breast.
- The person doing the test needs to touch and move your breast to get
it in the right spot for each x-ray.
- Small sticky dots may be put on your nipples to help show them on
- Your breast is squeezed between 2 flat surfaces. This may hurt, but it
does not harm your breasts.
- You are told to take a deep breath and hold it while the x-ray is taken.
- Each x-ray takes less than 30 seconds.
- If you have breast implants, more x-rays will need to be taken and the
test will take more time.
Test results are sent to your doctor. Your doctor will share the results
Talk to your doctor or nurse if you have any questions or concerns.