Bergen Imaging Center’s Mini-Guide To Mammography: What to Know Before Your First Mammogram

Bergen Imaging Center’s Mini-Guide To Mammography: What to Know Before Your First Mammogram

If you’ve never had a mammogram you might not know that mammography and deodorant don’t mix. Bergen’s mini-guide to mammography will tell you what else you need to know before you go!

Mammography and deodorant don’t mix.

Most deodorants and antiperspirants contain aluminum which shows up on mammograms as little white spots. Unfortunately, these spots are often indistinguishable from cancer, and can lead to a false positive mammogram result.

Don’t schedule a mammogram during your period.

Your breasts are extra sensitive right before and during your period. The best time for mammography is the week after your period.

Choose a certified facility for your mammography needs.

Bergen Imaging Center is certified by the American College of Radiology. Our radiologists read mammograms all day, every day – so you can trust the results.

Bring your imaging facility up to date.

When you schedule your appointment let the imaging facility know about any breast health issues, and which type of mammogram you need (screening or diagnostic). Remind staff again when you arrive.

Are you pregnant, breastfeeding, or do you have breast implants?

Let the facility know right away. Abnormal lumps, bumps, and discharge should be mentioned as well. It’s also important to discuss any health concerns with your doctor prior to scheduling your mammogram – and then to follow up for the test results.

You’ll be in and out in no time.

Mammography appointments are fast – they last about 20 to 30 minutes.

Mammography saves lives.

We can’t stress this one enough. Mammograms detect cancer in its earliest stages when it’s still treatable. Early detection of breast cancer – made possible by mammography technology – saves lives period.

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