What is a mammogram?:
A mammogram is performed with the use of a special x-ray to examine breast tissue. Abnormal growths or tissue can be seen.
How is it performed?:
During a mammogram, a woman's breast are compressed with a special machine. Images of each breast are taken with special x-ray film that is designed for breast tissue. Images are taken from different angles.
Why is a mammogram performed?:
Mammograms are a regular part of women's health and are done as a screening tool for breast cancer.
The procedure is also performed to examine a lump or growth.
Preparing for a mammogram:
There are no special precautions to take prior to a mammogram. You must be careful not to wear lotions, deodorants, powders, or creams on your chest before the procedure. They can conflict with the imaging.
Will I have to remove my clothes during a mammogram?:
You will be asked to undress from the waist up. Wearing a two piece outfit will be much easier and you will feel more comfortable.
You may have slight skin irritation or aching after the mammogram. Most doctors recommend an over the counter pain reliever.
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