Mammogram: What to Expect
Q: What should women expect when they have a mammogram?
Dr. Donnica: A mammogram may be uncomfortable, but it shouldn't hurt.
To minimize discomfort, schedule your mammogram for the week after your period
begins. Avoid using deodorant or lotions on the day of your mammogram and wear
clothing with an easily removable top to make changing easier.
A radiology technologist will
perform the test. She will ask you to undress from the waist up and stand next
to the mammogram (x-ray) machine. First, 2 flat surfaces will compress one breast
and then the other, for a few seconds each. While some women report that the
compression is uncomfortable, this is necessary to produce the best possible
images of your breast tissue while using the least amount of x-ray exposure.
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Created: 11/3/2000  - Donnica Moore, M.D.