Mammography is a safe, painless and non-invasive type of imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray to examine the breasts.
A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases.
The patient is asked to undress from the waist up and provided a gown. Depending on the type of equipment used, the patient will sit or stand. One breast at a time is rested on a flat surface that contains the X-ray plate. A device called a compressor will be pressed firmly against the breast to help flatten out the breast tissue. The X-ray pictures are taken from several angles. The patient may be asked to hold their breath as each picture is taken.
Do not wear deodorant, perfume, powders, or ointments under the arms or on the breast on the day of the mammogram. Remove all jewelry from your neck and chest area.