What is it?

Mammography is an X-ray examination of the breasts.

What to tell us?

If you have breast implants. If you are pregnant, suspect you may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

What does the procedure involve?

You’ll be asked to undress from the waist up and will be given a gown to wear. During mammography your breast is compressed between 2 plates attached to the mammogram machine. Compression is needed to keep your breast from moving, and to make it thinner. These measures reduce the x-ray exposure, reduce blurring, and make the image sharper. The x-ray pictures are taken from several angles. The process will be repeated for the other breast.

You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image.

How long will it take?

Mammogram procedures can take 20 to 30 minutes.