Since breast cancer is the second most common cancer for women, undergoing an annual mammogram is important. Catching breast cancer early is the best way to successfully fight the disease. Whether it’s been awhile since your last mammogram or it’s your first time undergoing this procedure, we’ve created a list of helpful tips on how to prepare for your mammogram.
1. Schedule Your Mammogram At An ACR Accredited Facility
Similarly to how our center is ACR accredited for MRI, CT, and a variety of other diagnostic imaging procedures, we’re also accredited for mammography here at Rosetta Radiology. Many patients don’t realize just how important it is to select an ACR accredited facility for their mammogram appointment, but this golden seal of approval ensures that you’re receiving the highest quality of imaging available. For a procedure where image quality plays a key role in catching signs of cancer, this is paramount.
2. Plan Your Mammogram During A Time That You’re The Least Likely To Be Tender
Although they’re not terribly painful, it’s no secret that mammograms can be a bit uncomfortable for patients. After all, your breast is quite literally being compressed between two panels to allow the x-ray technology to capture images of the breast tissue. While we can’t promise that you won’t experience any pain during your procedure, you can minimize your potential discomfort by scheduling your appointment during a time when your breasts are the least likely to be tender. Try to aim for the week directly after your period!
3. Ditch The Deodorant
On the day of your mammogram, be sure to avoid applying any deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams or perfumes under your arms or around your breasts. The metallic particles in these products can cause false positives or inconclusivity in mammogram results, which may lead to additional unnecessary testing for patients.
4. If You’re Not A First Timer, Bring Your Previous Mammogram Images
This applies primarily to patients who have switched doctors and are getting a mammogram at a new facility! If this is your first visit, chances are that they’ll want to review copies of any previous scans you’ve undergone. So make sure that you bring the results from any prior mammogram scans with you, or have your previous imaging center share copies with your new center! By reviewing those original images, our radiologists will be able to compare your previous images with the new ones to identify any changes and give you the best results.
Schedule Your Mammogram
Mammograms play a crucial role in monitoring breast health and catching breast cancer when it’s in its earliest, most treatable stages. They’re something that every woman who’s at an appropriate screening age should be scheduling at annually or biannually based on their risk factors. If you haven’t scheduled your mammogram for this year, give us a call or request an appointment online today!