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Preparing for Your Breast Center Appointment

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Your Time

Please expect to be in the center:

  • Approx. 45 minutes for screening mammogram.
  • Approx. 1-2 hours for a diagnostic exam (which may include ultrasound).

Your History

You will be asked to fill out a detailed patient history, including:

  • Family history, previous mammograms or breast operations, skin abnormalities, hormonal usage and start and end (if applicable) of menstruation.
  • Your scans will then be interpreted, and a report will be sent to your physician.
  • Be sure to consult your physician concerning the results of your mammogram.

Preparing for Your Mammogram

To ensure that your mammogram results are accurate, we recommend:

  • Avoid scheduling your mammogram procedure during the week before your menstrual period to avoid any breast swelling and tenderness.
  • Bring original screenings of any mammograms you have had at other institutions in the last 5 years for the radiologist to compare with today's exam (results are delayed without prior screenings).

Day of Exam

  • You may use an over the counter pain reliever (caffeine-free) 1 hour prior to your mammogram to lessen the discomfort.
  • Wear a blouse or sweater, rather than a dress to make undressing easier. You will be given a gown to wear.
  • Do not use deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions on your underarms or breast area, because they leave a residue that may interfere with your mammogram results.


  • The services of the radiologist will not appear on your hospital bill.
  • The radiologist will send a separate bill.