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FAQs About Your Mammogram

We know preparing for a mammogram can be stressful. The following tips can help make your experience more comfortable.

  • It is best to wear a two piece outfit
  • Do not wear any lotion, powder or deodorant on or around your breast. Some powders and deodorants contain products that can mimic questionable or suspicious findings on the images. Lotions can make it more difficult for the technologist to properly position your breast during the exam.
  • If you are still having menstrual cycles, schedule your mammogram 7-10 days after the onset when breasts are less tender.
  • If your breasts are normally tender take an over the counter pain reliever 30 minutes prior to your exam.

A referral from your physician is usually required for a mammogram. In this video, Stacy Contreras, director at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Care Center, explains why.

Preparing for a mammogram can help you get more accurate results. In this video, Stacy Contreras, director at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Care Center, discusses tips for preparing for your mammogram appointment.

The wait time for results depends on whether you got a screening or a diagnostic mammogram. Watch as Stacy Contreras, director at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Care Center, explains the difference and how long it takes to get the results.

Starting at age 40, women should get mammograms annually. Watch Stacy Contreras, director at Good Samaritan Hospital’s Breast Care Center, discuss the mammogram guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the American College of Radiology.