A screening mammogram is recommended annually for women who are 40 years or older, or for younger women with specific risk factors for breast cancer. They are used for the early detection of breast cancer.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is an X-ray picture of your breast. It can find breast changes that are too small for you or care provider to feel.
What is the procedure like?
You stand in front of the x-ray machine and place your breast between two plastic plates. These plates press each breast to make it compressed to get a good picture.
Does it hurt?
When the plates press your breast, this “squeeze” might hurt for 4–11 seconds (per view). Some women say that it is uncomfortable; others say that it is not at all. In general, more compression generates better images.
How long do I have to wait for my results?
The results will be read by a Radiologist the same day as your screening. A letter with your results will be mailed no later than the following business day to you and your primary care provider.
What happens after I receive my results?
If your results are negative you will continue with your annual screenings and care plan determined by you and your primary care physician. If something is seen on the mammogram, it does not mean that you have breast cancer. Your primary care physician will be notified, and you will come back to UI Health to receive different mammography projection or other tests that radiologist interpret. Then your doctor can make the best plan for you.
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