It’s not a monster! It’s just a mammogram!
Relax, it just wants to take a picture of your breasts.
Step One ~ You will undress above the waist and wear an open wrap paper dress, which is provided by the mammography facility. A breast-imaging technologist will place the patient in front of the machine and position each breast, one at a time, on the mammography equipment. The technologist will position the your breast in the place for obtaining the best image of the breast. A paddle is then used to gently compress the breast so that the tissue is flattened. You will feel squeezed.
Step Two ~ When the breast is positioned and compression is complete, the technologist will leave the room or step behind a screen. Once shielded, the technologist will turn on the x-ray source to transfer the image of the breast onto the x-ray film or the digital detector. The process of positioning and radiating is repeated for additional views of the same breast and for the other breast. The entire procedure for screening mammography should take 15 to 20 minutes for a screen-film examination and 5 to 10 minutes for digital mammography.
Step Three ~ The mammography films are interpreted by a radiologist, who will look for abnormalities and compare the new films to previous mammograms, to detect any changes. You can get dressed now.
TaaDaaaa! That’s all there is to a mammogram.
See that wasn’t so bad, was it?
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Source: Hologic.com ~ http://www.hologic.com/en/patient-education/screening-procedures/mammography-procedure/
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