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Mammography screening is the best method for finding breast cancer in its early stages, when cure rates are highest. If a problem is detected, women may also need a diagnostic mammogram or other breast imaging test. Novant Health Breast Centers located throughout the area offer both screening and diagnostic mammograms. Screening mammograms that help us find unsuspected changes in the breast tissue. Diagnostic mammograms if we find a change in your breast tissue. Both use low-level X-rays which are the best screening methods for the detection of abnormalities in your breasts.
Preparing for a Mammogram
- You should not use deodorant or powder under your arms before having a mammogram.
- You should wear a blouse or top that is easy to remove.
- You will be asked to complete a series of questions about your medical history.
- Please tell your technologist if you have breast implants.
What to Expect During a Mammogram
During your mammogram, your breasts will be gently but firmly compressed to allow us to get a clear picture. This can be uncomfortable for some patients, but the test does not last very long. After your mammogram you may have skin discoloration. This is temporary and normal.
A radiologist will review your exam images and report the findings to your doctor. Your doctor will then discuss the findings and next steps with you.