As part of your annual breast exam, your physician may recommend a mammogram so he or she can see whether there are any issues in their early stages and be able to address them then, when treatments are more effective. These professionals are accustomed to detecting breast changes in women who display no signs or symptoms of breast tumors or cancer. In many cases, mammography screening is provided as part of your annual breast evaluation.

There are two types of mammography.

Screening mammography

A screening mammogram may detect any concealed lumps or abnormalities in the breast tissue. Before you schedule a mammogram appointment at TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center, learn more about the screening and diagnostic mammography procedures.

Diagnostic mammography

Your physician might recommend that you undergo a diagnostic mammogram procedure, which comprises additional images of the breast tissue if they detect any abnormalities in the screening mammogram. Diagnostic mammography is performed because the patient is suffering breast pain and to further investigate a screening mammogram while also detecting any abnormal tissue growth, breast lumps, nipple discharge, or unusual breast appearance.

How to prepare for a mammogram

Do the following to prepare for a mammogram:

  • Schedule your mammogram a week after your period to optimize the results.
  • Take note of any symptoms that you are experiencing and discuss them with your doctor or radiologist.
  • Notify your doctor of any prior breast surgeries, medication, hormones, or family history of breast cancer or ovarian cancer.
  • Do not wear any perfume, deodorant, or talcum powder on the day of the mammogram. Particles from these products can show up on your neck, breasts, and armpit region and lead to confusing results.
  • Notify your doctor and radiologist if you have any breast implants. Doing so before the procedure will give us enough time to properly interpret your mammogram.

What to expect during the procedure

You will be asked to put on a gown that opens at the front.

The radiologist will ask you to stand in front of an X-ray machine and place your breast on a plastic plate. Another plastic plate will press down on your breast to slightly spread out the tissue. The technician will proceed to take some X-rays and observe them to ensure that they are clear for evaluation.

A radiologist will assess your mammogram and discuss the results with you. The findings of your mammogram will be forwarded to your physician’s office, and your physician can discuss any necessary treatment with you.

You can schedule your mammogram at TOPS Comprehensive Breast Center. We are an outpatient facility that is equipped with the latest diagnostic and screening technologies.

You can learn more about our 3D and 2D mammography procedures by getting in touch with our healthcare staff. You can also request a list of specialty physicians who can help you on your breast cancer journey.