First-Time? Please don't be afraid. It's not so bad
A screening mammogram is used to detect breast tumors in women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. The goal of a screening mammogram is to detect tumors that are too small or too deep to be discovered any other way.
You do not need a physician's order to schedule a screening mammogram.
What to expect:
During a screening mammogram your experienced Solis technologist will normally obtain two X-rays images of each breast. Accuracy requires precise identical positioning of the breast in the mammography device and adequate compression of the breast tissue (more on this later). Position and compression are required to insure that the images are of the highest quality and that all the breast tissue is imaged. The entire exam will take approximately 5-10 minutes. Your entire visit should only last 30 to 45 minutes.
Compression (Will my mammogram be painful?)
Compression of the breast tissue is vital to the accuracy of the exam. For most women, a mammogram is not painful, merely uncomfortable – and only for the few seconds that their breasts are compressed. For comfort sake it is best to schedule your mammogram 7-10 days after the onset of your last menstrual cycle.
How to prepare on the day of your mammogram:
On the day of your mammogram, it is best to avoid the use of powders and deodorant. Those substances can sometimes leave residue on the mammography device that can be mistaken for abnormalities and an unnecessary recall.
What should I wear?
On the day of your mammogram, it is best to dress in a two piece outfit; blouse or sweater with either a skirt or slacks.
Who will interpret the results of my mammogram?
A Solis dedicated breast radiologist who specializes exclusively in breast imaging will interpret your mammogram and compare it to your prior mammograms.
When will I receive my results?
At Solis our radiologists interpret and report all screening mammograms within one business day of when they are taken. Written reports are then mailed to both to you and your physician and should arrive within 2-4 business days.