Tips For Getting A Mammogram

Tips For Getting A Mammogram

During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. Then an X-ray captures black-and-white images of your breasts that are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a doctor who looks for signs of cancer.

A mammogram can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes. 

Routine mammogram screenings can detect breast cancer early which will then improve your rate of survival. Ask your primary care doctor or gynecologist about how often you should have a mammogram which depends on your age and your risk of breast cancer. 

How to prepare for your mammogram

  • Choose a certified facility that specializes in mammograms and does many mammograms a day. As your connection to quality medical imaging, we only work with facilities accredited by the ACR. This certification will ensure that the facility meets certain standards and upholds the scan quality during your exams.
  • Try to go to the same facility every time so that your mammograms can easily be compared from year to year.
  • If you’re going to a facility for the first time, bring a list of the places and dates of mammograms, biopsies, or other breast treatments you’ve had before. 
  • If you’ve had mammograms at another facility, try to get those records to bring with you to the new facility (or have them sent there) so the old pictures can be compared to the new ones.  Most facilities will honor any request to have prior mammograms placed on a CD. Bring the CD with you to your appointment so that the radiologist can compare past mammograms with your new images. If you’ve booked a mammogram through Medmo before, past scans will be available on your account at
  • Schedule the test for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender. If you haven’t gone through menopause, that’s usually during the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be tender the week before and the week during your period.
  • On the day of the exam, don’t wear deodorant or antiperspirant. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion on the scan. You may take your deodorant with you to apply after your exam. 
  • Try to wear bras and blouses that are easy to remove. Two-piece outfits (pants/skirt with a top) are highly recommended so you can keep your bottoms on during the exam.
  • Consider an over-the-counter pain medication if you find that having a mammogram is uncomfortable. Taking over-the-counter pain medication, such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others), about an hour before your mammogram might ease the discomfort of the test.
  • Discuss any recent changes or problems in your breasts with your health care provider before getting the mammogram.

We hope these tips will give you more of an idea of how to prepare for a mammogram. It’s important to remember to not be afraid of mammograms! Only 2 to 4 screening mammograms in 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of breast cancer and regular screenings significantly increase the chances for early detection and treatment.

To book a scan, visit us at Medmo helps people schedule radiology imaging tests – such as MRI, CT scans, PET, and more – at nearby accredited centers and identify the payment solution that works best for them.


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