What Is Mammography?

Mammography is a special type of X-ray imaging designed specifically to image the abnormalities in the breast and plays a major role in early detection of breast cancers. Mammography can show changes in breast well before a woman or her physician can feel them. Successful treatment of breast cancer depends on early diagnosis.At Diagno Lounge , we not only screen for breast abnormalities, but also confirm it by diagnostic mammography using additional imaging tests such as Ultrasound. Also, ultrasound guided FNAC or biopsy can be performed at our centre with appointment. 

When Would You Need To Do Mammography?

Mammography serves both diagnostic and screening purposes.

Women over 30 with symptoms like lumps, skin changes, nipple issues, or breast pain.

Evaluation of breast pain when history and examination are inconclusive.

Women with dense or large breasts.

High-risk individuals (family history, genetic predisposition, past breast cancer).

Mammography may be recommended for other specific medical reasons.

What Should You Expect During Mammography?

During a mammography, here’s what you can anticipate in terms of the procedure:

You must remove your clothing from the waist up and change into a patient gown.  

You are made to stand in front of a special X-ray machine. A technologist will place your breast on a plastic plate. Another plate will firmly press your breast from above. The plates will flatten the breast, holding it still while the X-ray is being taken. You will feel some pressure. The steps are repeated to make a side view of the breast. The other breast will be X-rayed in the same way. You will then wait while the technologist checks the X-rays to make sure the pictures do not need to be redone. Keep in mind that the technologist cannot tell you the results of your mammogram. Each woman’s mammogram may look a little different because all breasts are a little different.

How Can You Prepare For A Mammography?

If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please check with your doctor before scheduling the exam. Please notify the technologist if you are currently breast-feeding. 

Your all piercings, jewellery and valuables will have to be left at home. Do not use any deodorant, powder, lotion or perfume on the day of your exam. 

Breasts can be tender the week before and during menstruation, so try to schedule your mammogram for one to two weeks after your period starts. If you have breast implants, please notify the office when you schedule the exam. 

Based on your medical condition, your health care provider may request other specific preparation.

By When Can You Expect Your Reports?

Within 8-10 hours.







Frequently Asked Questions

Are mammogram results instant?

After getting your mammogram, a radiologist will interpret the images. Then, a member of the care team will call you with your results. These results will also be sent to your account on My Sanford Chart. 

Are mammograms necessary every year?

Annual checkups are the best way to detect breast cancer. These yearly checkup appointments can help medical professionals catch breast cancer before it becomes a major concern.

Do mammograms hurt?

The medical professionals at Sanford Health work to make your mammogram as comfortable as possible. If you do experience mild discomfort, your technologist can make adjustments to relieve any pain.

How long do mammograms take?

Mammogram appointments are quick. Your total appointment time, from the moment you arrive to the time you leave, will take less than 25 minutes.

How often should you get a mammogram?

Mammogram appointments are quick. Your total appointment time, from the moment you arrive to the time you leave, will take less than 25 minutes. 

Are mammograms dangerous?

Mammograms are a safe, effective way for diagnosing breast cancer. Since breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women, it’s important to get your annual checkup.

When can I stop getting mammograms?

Your provider can help you determine when to stop getting mammograms. Most medical professionals recommend getting a mammogram every year until your life expectancy is less than 10 years.