Screening mammography is a specific type of breast imaging that uses low-dose
x-rays to detect cancer early – before women experience symptoms
– when it is most treatable.
An onsite radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and
interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed
report to your primary care or referring physician, who will discuss the
results with you.
Sometimes a follow-up exam, may be required to complete your mammography
exam, such as additional mammogram images, a breast ultrasound, and or
an MRI of the breast.
How to prepare:
- Always inform your doctor or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility
that you are pregnant.
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your
breasts on the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots.
- Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.
- Obtain your prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist
if they were done at a different location. This is needed for comparison
with your current exam and can often be obtained on a CD.
- Arrive 30 minutes prior to appointment time to register and complete necessary
What to expect:
- You will feel pressure on your breast as it is squeezed by the compression
paddle. Some women with sensitive breasts may experience discomfort. If
this is the case, schedule the procedure when your breasts are least tender.
Be sure to inform the technologist if pain occurs as compression is increased.
If discomfort is significant, less compression will be used. Always remember
compression allows better quality mammograms.
- You will be notified of the results by mail from ECRMC.
Results will be sent to the referring physician within 24-48 hours.