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Preparing for Your Mammogram

Most women have screening mammograms and do not require a written order from your doctor.

If you have a written order from your doctor, please bring it with you. A written order is required for a Diagnostic Mammogram, also called a problem-solving or consultative mammography. A Diagnostic Mammogram is a x-ray examination used to evaluate a woman or man with:
- Signs or symptoms of breast disease.
- A personal history of breast cancer.
- A personal history of biopsy-proven benign breast disease.

When is the best time to schedule my mammogram?
rbc-pg3centerSchedule your mammogram when your breasts will be least tender. During mammography, the breast is pressed between two clear plastic plates for a few seconds. This gives a clear picture with the least amount of x-rays. But it may be uncomfortable, and a few women experience pain.
If you have sensitive breasts, try having your mammogram at a time of month when your breasts will be least tender. Try to avoid the week right before your period. This will help lessen discomfort. If you are worried about discomfort you may want to take a mild over-the-counter pain reliever about an hour before the mammogram.
Your prior mammogram films and reports are needed for comparison. If your prior mammogram was not performed at the CMC Regional Breast Center, you will need to make arrangements to obtain your films and reports. Your mammography films are important for comparison to identify any changes in your breast tissue. If your prior films are not available at the time your mammogram is performed the interpretation of your films may be delayed or you may be required to return for additional tests.
Clinical Breast Exams
If you have not had a recent clinical breast examination performed by your personal doctor, please schedule an appointment. By having a mammogram, you have taken an important step to promote your good health. Your doctor or other healthcare provider should examine your breasts as part of your regular physical examination. Monthly breast self-examination is also important.

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On the day of your mammogram:

1. Wear a two-piece outfit so you have to remove only your top.
2. Do not use deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or your breasts. These products can show up on the x-ray.
3. Bring the name, address, and phone number of your doctor or other health care provider.
4. Bring your insurance information.
5. Bring a list of the places and dates of mammograms, biopsies, or other breast treatment that you had.
6. If you may have trouble hearing or understanding instructions or need assistance, please consider bringing a friend with you.

For appointments call one
of these numbers:
(931) 459-7040
(931) 459-7041
(931) 459-7042
For questions or general
information call:
(931) 459-7323