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During & After Your Mammogram

The procedure

You will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on an examination gown, and will then stand in front of the mammography unit, a special type of X-ray machine. The mammographer will place a breast between two plastic plates and gradually compressed for a few seconds. (Compression causes a slight flattening which helps creates a clear picture while reducing X-ray dose.) Two images are taken, one from the top and one from the side. The examination is then repeated for the other breast.

Following the exam

Your mammogram will be read by one of our specialty-trained radiologists, who will send the results to your physician. You will receive a written summary of the report.

If you have not received this summary within two weeks, contact your physician or the radiology department.

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