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Mammogram Preparation

How do I prepare for the exam?

  • Do not use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or near your breasts on the day of your mammogram.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit so you will only have to remove your top.
  • Notify one of the BayCare Imaging Professionals if you are nursing or if there is a chance you may be pregnant.
  • Bring with you the name, address and phone number of any facility where you have had a prior mammogram and bring any previous films. The radiologist needs your previous films for comparison in order to make an accurate assessment. Failure to bring your films may result in a delay of the physician's report.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time to verify your registration information.

What should I expect during the exam?

  • You will be positioned in front of a special X-ray machine, warmed for your comfort.
  • One at a time, each of your breasts are pressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Some brief pressure is necessary to flatten the breast in order to get the clearest picture.
  • The entire exam typically takes 10-15 minutes.

What happens after the exam?

  • A radiologist who specializes in breast imaging will review your mammography pictures.
  • The radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your doctor.
  • Your doctor will consider this information in context of your overall care and talk with you about the results.

To make an appointment, please call:

Hillsborough County: (813) 635-3610
Pinellas/Pasco Counties: (727) 461-8555


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