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What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray exam of the breast. It is used to detect and diagnose breast disease and often can detect a mass or lump before it can be felt. Mammography can also show small areas of calcifications in the breast tissue that may be early signs of cancer.
How it is performed
You will be positioned next to the mammography unit. The technologist will position the breast on a plastic plate. A second piece of plastic (compression device) is placed on top and, for a few seconds, will compress the breast tissue to get a good, clear picture. (This may produce temporary discomfort.) The image is taken as the technologist steps behind a protective window. The patient is asked to hold their breath for a few seconds while the X-ray is being taken. Two pictures of each breast are usually taken – one from above and one from the side. Occasionally, additional pictures may be necessary to evaluate of all of the breast tissue or to further evaluate a specific area of concern. The radiologist will review the mammography study and compare it with any of your previous mammograms, looking for subtle changes in breast tissue.
How to prepare
The day of your mammogram don't use any deodorant, powders or lotions under the arms. These substances can interfere with the images.