Mammography is a safe, low-dose x-ray picture of the breast that allows early detection of breast cancer. Specific CDI locations offer screening and/or diagnostic mammography. In a screening mammogram, images are taken of each breast from two angles. A diagnostic mammogram may take longer as it requires more images and different angles to rule out any abnormalities, or under special circumstances such as breast implants.


Exam preparation
  • Do not use deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or near your breasts on the day of your mammogram.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you will have to remove only your top.
  • Notify a member of LRA’s staff if you are nursing of if there is a chance you could be pregnant.
  • Bring with you the name, address, and phone number of any facility where you have had a prior mammogram and bring previous films. (The radiologist needs your previous films for comparison in order to make an accurate assessment. Failure to bring your films may result in a delay of the physician's report.)
  • Please arrive 15 minutes early to verify your registration.
During your exam – what to expect
  • You will be positioned in front of a special x-ray machine, warmed for your comfort.
  • One at a time, each of your breasts are pressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Some brief pressure is necessary to flatten the breast in order to get the clearest picture.
  • The entire exam typically takes about 10-15 minutes.
After the exam - What to expect?
  • A radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will review your mammography pictures. The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care, and talk with you about the results.
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