Patient Instructions

You should not wear powders, deodorants, or lotions in the breast or underarm region. These may interfere with the images on the x-ray.

What You Can Expect

If you are having any symptoms or problems, please report these to the mammography technologist.

You will undress from the waist up and be given a gown to wear. You will them be positioned at the mammography unit seated or standing. The breast tissue is then positioned between two plates.

You may experience temporary discomfort, but the compression of the breast tissue is essential to provide the best image.

Each breast will be x-rayed, possible two times, from above and the side. You may be asked to wait for a short time while the mammographer reviews the films for technical quality.

Length of this procedure is approximately 30 minutes.