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Getting your Mammogram in 5 Easy Steps

Getting a mammogram is very important in the early detection of breast cancer.

In a research article published by the American Medical Association, they discovered that breast cancer diagnosis has dropped over 51% since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. This is due in part to the cancellation of elective imaging and patients unwilling to get an exam during the pandemic due to health risks. The implications of patients not getting mammograms during the pandemic can be serious. Many clinics and doctor’s offices have put in place CDC guidelines to help maintain healthy visits for patients.

Getting a mammogram doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many simple steps you can take to make sure you’re prepared:

  1. Choose an imaging center – Firs5 steps to get your Mammogramt things first – finding an imaging center that fits your needs. Watson Imaging offers both 2D and 3D mammograms. Talk to your doctor about the best imaging options and facilities to get your exam done.
  2. Scheduling – It is recommended to schedule your mammogram for a date when you believe you’ll be the least tender. It is also important to tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, prior to the exam. These x-rays do involve a small amount of radiation and other options are available for pregnant women, to lower the risk of birth defects that could be caused by radiation exposure.
  3. Hygiene – The day of your mammogram, do not wear deodorant/antiperspirants, powder or lotion. Wearing any of these items can show up as white spots on an x-ray and could cause confusion when a radiologist is reviewing the images.
  4. Clothing – Clothing will have to be removed from the waist up. To make the exam process easier, it is best to wear a two-piece outfit. You will also need to remove any jewelry for the exam.
  5. Bring prior mammography images If you have had a previous mammogram and are going to a new facility for your next one, be sure to bring any of your previous images to your appointment. You can request to have your previous results placed on a CD and you can bring those to the new office.

Before getting a mammogram it’s always advised to talk to your physician to discuss the options that are right for you. There are certain risks associated with a mammogram, such as low-grade radiation exposure, and you should discuss your current health before getting a test. Mammograms usually take about 20-30 minutes and additional imaging might be needed to get a clearer image. Federal law requires health facilities to send patients their results within 30 days. However, most patients receive their results sooner.

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