Some women say they avoid having a mammogram because they don’t know what to expect during a mammogram. To learn more about what you can expect during a mammogram, click here.
On average, only two to four screening mammograms of every 1,000 lead to a diagnosis of cancer. About 10 percent of women who have a mammogram will need more tests. Only eight to 10 percent of those women will need a biopsy, and most (80 percent) of those biopsies will not be cancer. To schedule a mammogram, call 404.501.SCHD or click here.
Schedule your mammogram when your breasts are the least tender. This will allow for optimal compression in the x-ray equipment. The most likely time for this would be the week after the onset of your menstrual cycle. Be sure to discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor or nurse before having the mammogram.
If you have had previous mammograms at a facility other than Emory Decatur Hospital, bring your images so our technologists can compare your images and give you the best diagnostic evaluation possible.
On the day of your mammogram, don’t use powders, deodorant or body cream on your chest and underarm areas. Dress comfortably. If possible, a two-piece outfit is best since you will be required to undress above the waist. We will provide a wrap for you to wear.
Always describe any breast symptoms or problems you are having to the technologist who is doing your mammogram. Be prepared to describe any related medical history such as surgeries, hormone use or any breast cancer that you or a family member have had.
Before having any type of imaging test, tell your radiology technologist if you are breast-feeding or if you think you might be pregnant.
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