What to Expect During Mammography
When you arrive, we will review your medical history and any past imaging procedures with you. Our mammographer will explain the exam and answer any questions you may have at this time.
You will be asked to change into a gown before your examination. Our mammographer will ask you to stand in front of the mammography machine. It will be raised or lowered according to your height and your breast will be positioned on the platform. Each breast is imaged separately and will gradually be compressed with a clear plastic plate. Compression may feel tight but should not hurt. This is needed to ensure a clear picture, reduce motion and to reduce the amount of exposure necessary. Our mammographer will monitor you closely and minimize any discomfort.
You will be asked to change positions slightly between images and asked to hold your breath when the picture is taken. The examination process should take approximately a half hour for a screening mammogram and up to one hour for a diagnostic mammogram.
Before the Procedure
- Please schedule your examination the week following your menstrual period, when your breasts are less tender.
- Please do not apply underarm deodorant, powders, ointments or creams to your chest area the day of your scheduled exam. These products can show up on the images.
- If possible, please bring prior mammography exams from other facilities with you at the time of the current exam
- Please remove all jewelry and other items to avoid possible interference from metal fasteners in clothing.
Take the Time!
Hartford Hospital now offers Digital Mobile Mammography
, allowing women who live in the Greater Hartford area to have improved access to breast cancer screenings. This service makes it convenient for women to have a screening mammogram, the best tool for identifying breast cancer in its earliest stages. (more