Our Mammography Services provide you with:
- Skilled female technicians who care about your comfort and concerns
- Board-certified radiologists to accurately read test results
- Advanced technology that ensures minimal radiation exposure
- Equipment that is fully FDA-certified and accredited by the American College of Radiology
What Happens During a Mammogram?
The mammography screening exam is quick, safe and simple. Two low-dose X-rays are taken of each breast in a special unit that gently flattens the breast tissue. Some pressure is applied to produce a good image.
Although some women report discomfort, it lasts only a few seconds. If your breasts are tender around the time of menstruation, you want to schedule your exam seven to days after your period.
How to Prepare for your Mammogram
- Schedule your appointment after your period when your breasts are least sensitive.
- Do not apply deodorant/powders/lotions to the breast and underarm area as they may show up on the films.
- If your breasts are very sensitive, you may wish to take Tylenol/ibuprofen about one hour prior to your scheduled appointment time.
- Avoid caffeine (coffee, tea, soda and chocolate) for several days prior to your appointment, which may also reduce the discomfort of the exam.
- Wear a two-piece outfit the day of your appointment, for your own convenience and comfort.
- If you have had a mammogram at a different facility in the past, be sure to acquire those films for comparison, which will aid in the most accurate reading possible.
Take Charge of your Breast Health
To schedule a mammogram, ask your doctor for a referral. To schedule an appointment, please call our Central Scheduling department at 708.213.1000.