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Plan For Your Mammogram

Getting ready to have a mammogram is easy:

  • Try to avoid beverages with caffeine for 48 hours before your mammogram, especially if you have fibrocystic (lumpy) breasts. Caffeine can make breasts feel sensitive and uncomfortable.
  • On the day of your mammogram, dress comfortably.
    • Wear clothing with a top and bottom (shirt and pants, for example) since you will undress only from the waist up.
    • You will be given a clean smock to wear during the appointment.
  • Do not wear deodorant, powder, perfume or lotion under your arms as these products may show up on your mammography images.

Important things to bring with you to your mammogram appointment:

  • Bring your doctor's order, prescription or referral for the mammogram.
  • Have a list of names and addresses of physicians who should receive results.
  • If applicable, bring films from previous mammograms done at other institutions for the radiologist to compare.
    • Obtaining films is the patient's responsibility. Without the films, there may be a delay in getting your results.
    • To get previous films, contact the radiology file room at the hospital where you had your previous mammogram.

After the mammography screening:

  • Sometimes, we need to call you back for additional films and perhaps an ultrasound or MRI.
    • This does not mean that you have breast cancer. More films are needed to help the radiologist give a complete report.
    • You will be contacted by telephone and letter if additional x-rays are needed.
  • The results of all mammograms are sent to your referring physician. A summary of the results will be mailed to you as well.

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