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Updated June 13, 2014

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.

Possible Complications:

You may have slight skin irritation or aching after the mammogram. Most doctors recommend an over the counter pain reliever.

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