Screening Mammography-Community Healthlink
| A mammogram is a special x-ray of your breast. It uses very low doses of radiation to image the breast on x-ray film. A screening mammogram is for anyone with no history of recent breast problems or breast cancer.
Does a mammogram hurt? Mammography is not painful, although some women do find it slightly uncomfortable. The breast must be compressed (or flattened) to produce the clearest and most accurate x-ray images. Compression also reduces the amount of radiation to the breast tissue. In order to reduce any possible discomfort, you may wish to schedule your mammogram 7- 10 days after your menstrual cycle, when your breasts are less tender.
To prepare for your mammogram, do not wear deodorant, powder or creams on your breasts or underarms. These substances can leave a residue that may interfere with the reading of your test.
What if you have had mammograms done at another facility? Please let your ordering physician know where your last mammogram was performed so that we can contact that facility and have your films sent to us. In the event we do not have your previous mammograms at the time of your exam, your results will be delayed until the films can be obtained for comparison.
When you arrive at Community HealthLink, report to the reception area, where you will be required to give your insurance information and sign your registration form. You should arrive approximately 5 minutes prior to your appointment time. After being registered, a licensed mammographer will escort you to the dressing room, where you will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and given a gown. The mammographer will then review a medical history sheet with you to obtain personal health information. Then, your exam will be performed, usually two different views of each breast will be imaged. The mammographer will then develop the films and review the images. The images will be read by a Board Certified Radiologist, and a report will be sent to your physician. A personal letter concerning your results will be sent to your address. In the event the radiologist needs additional views, you will be contacted by one of the mammographers or by your physician’s office to set up an appointment at the medical center.