A mammogram uses a low dose X-ray imaging technique for examining your breasts. It is also used to diagnose, evaluate and follow women through breast cancer. While a mammogram can’t prevent breast cancer, it can assist in early detection, which saves lives.
Mammogram Patient Information
Your doctor has requested a mammogram. Here are some answers to some frequently asked questions.
What is a mammogram?
However, not all breast cancers can be detected by mammography, so women also need to practice breast self-examination and also get regular breast examinations by a health care professional.
What happens when someone has a mammogram?
Are there special instructions to be followed before a mammogram?
Yes. Do not use any lotion, deodorant, perfume or body powder around the breasts or under your arms as these can affect the films. We also advise that you wear clothing that allows you to undress from the waist up. This is better for privacy and warmth.
We also ask you to bring any previous X-rays with you on the day of your examination.
How long will the procedure take?
The radiologist will then examine your films, which you will then take home with you and should be kept so that they can be compared with any further examinations. We will then send a report to your doctor.
Please bring any earlier X-rays with you when you attend for your examination.
This examination uses X-rays therefore you will need to inform the radiographer performing the exam if you are pregnant or there is a possibility that you may be pregnant.