Preparing for Your Mammogram

Before your mammogram

Before your mammogram begins, you will be asked to:

  • Refrain from wearing lotions or deodorant before the procedure to ensure a clear image of the breast.
  • Remove clothing above the waist. You will be given a gown to wear.

If you find mammograms to be uncomfortable, you may want to take an over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before the procedure if your physician approves.

The radiation used in a mammogram is minimal, but could be harmful to an unborn baby. If there is a possibility that you are pregnant, please notify your technologist immediately.

What to expect during your mammogram

In order to get a detailed look at the tissues in your breast, each breast will need to be compressed during the exam. A technologist will place your breast on a special platform and gradually compress your breast. You will need to remain still for a few seconds to avoid blurring the image. The exam consists of two or more views of each breast, depending on the type of mammogram.

Mammography is an outpatient procedure and usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.