Very little preparation is required. You may eat, drink, and take regular medications. Try to take NO CAFFEINE for 24 hours prior to the exam if possible.
You will be asked to undress from the waist up so it is advisable to wear a skirt or slacks rather than a dress the day of your exam. Please bring something to tie back long hair. Do not wear underarm deodorant, powders, ointments, or creams on your breasts on the day of the exam. These can show up on the mammogram images.
If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the technologist at the time of the current exam. Your prior mammograms can be invaluable tools to assist our radiologist in interpreting your examination.
Some women with sensitive breasts may experience discomfort. Do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your period if your breasts are usually tender at this time. The best time is one week following your period if you have breast tenderness.
Always inform your doctor and the x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant. Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.