Think Pink and Summit During Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Three Locations for Mammography

A mammogram is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast. It is currently the most effective method of detecting breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages. The American Cancer Society recommends regular yearly mammograms for women, beginning at the age of forty. Early detection can increase a woman’s chances for successful treatment. Also, a mammogram can detect a tumor much earlier than it can be felt.

If you have had a mammogram at another facility, it is helpful for the radiologist if you are able to bring them with you to be used for comparison. You should not use powders, deodorant, or creams the day of your mammogram; it can affect the quality of your exam. To reduce any pain you may experience during the mammogram, you should abstain from drinking caffeine for a week prior to your appointment, and you may take Tylenol one hour in advance, pending your physician’s approval.

Typically, you will receive four x-rays, two pictures of each breast. The breast will be placed on the mammogram machine and pressed firmly between two plates, and a picture is taken. Compression may be uncomfortable, but not harmful to the breast. It is not unusual to receive an ultrasound to further evaluate the breast if recommended by the radiologist.  

A mammogram with breast implants is important for the early detection of breast cancer and tumors. Early detection can increase a woman’s chances for successful treatment. Please notify the schedulers when making your appointment if you have implants. Additional time is needed to acquire optimal mammographic images. If you have had a mammogram at another facility, it is helpful for the radiologist if you are able to bring them with you to be used for comparison. To reduce any pain you may experience during the mammogram, you should abstain from drinking caffeine for a week prior to your appointment, and you may take Tylenol one hour in advance, pending your physician’s approval.

Because breast augmentation can make it more difficult to visualize abnormalities, you will receive eight x-rays, four pictures of each breast. The breast will be placed on the mammogram machine and pressed firmly between two plates as a picture is taken. One set will include the entire breast and implant. Compression may be uncomfortable, but not harmful to the breast or to the implant. It is not unusual to receive an ultrasound to further evaluate the breast if recommended by the radiologist.