Preparing for Your Mammogram

Mammograms can save lives through early detection of breast cancer and other abnormalities. It is recommended women have routine mammogram based on their age and risk factors. Whether it’s your first time or not, having a mammogram can still cause some anxiety.

Knowing what to do and how to prepare for one may help ease your fears. We are here for you every step of the way. Here are some suggestions when planning for a mammogram:
  • If you have the option, choose a facility that specializes in mammograms. Brookwood Baptist Health uses advanced radiology imaging technology and has a team of radiologists to care for you.
  • Have your mammogram at the same facility each year for easy comparison of your results.
  • At the time of scheduling, you will be asked a few questions to determine if you should be scheduled for a mammogram screening or diagnostic mammogram.
    1. Please inform us of the location of any prior mammograms so that we may retrieve your images prior to your appointment. Having your previous results for comparison and allows our radiologists to identify breast changes earlier.
    2. Please inform the technologist if you have any current breast health concerns so that the radiologist can be notified. When you register, you will be asked to provide information regarding any prior breast surgeries or hormones taken, as well as family or personal history or family history of breast cancer.
    3. Please bring any completed forms, as this can help save you time.
  • Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are not tender or swollen. Avoid scheduling a mammogram 5-7 days before your period. This is to prevent discomfort and to help your technologist capture the best pictures possible. The ideal time to schedule your exam is 5-7 days after your period.
  • Avoid caffeinated food and drinks such as coffee, tea, soda or chocolates 5-7 days before your mammogram.
  • On the day of the procedure, please do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts prior to the exam. These can produce artifacts on the mammogram which mimic calcium spots and may require retaking your images.
  • If possible, wear loose-fitting, comfortable, two-piece clothing so you can remove only your top during the exam.
  • Inquire when your results will be available. Follow-up with the facility if you don’t hear from them within the time frame they give you.

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