What to Expect with Mammography Screenings
Women are asked to arrive five to 10 minutes prior to their appointment times to complete required paperwork. The entire process, including paperwork, takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes.
Once the paperwork is completed, you will be asked to disrobe from the waist up and put on a gown. From there you will proceed to the screening room, where a brief breast health history will be taken.
You will feel some pressure as the mammogram picture is taken, but any discomfort will last only a few seconds. Compression and flattening of the breasts are key to getting the best picture possible. Because breasts are more sensitive just before your menstrual period, you may decide to schedule your mammogram seven to 10 days after the start of your period.
After the mammogram is taken, you will proceed to the reception area where you will be informed about how your results will be communicated. Literature about breast health and cancer prevention is also available on the van.
All medical information and mammography results are strictly confidential.
After Your Mammogram
You will receive a letter in the mail stating your results in approximately two to three weeks. If your last mammogram was performed out of town and you did not bring those films with you to your appointment, your results may be a little delayed, but will take no longer than 30 days.
A copy of your mammogram report will be faxed to the physician(s) you listed on the patient information form.
If your letter states that further testing is necessary, you will receive a call from our mammography technician or our oncology patient navigator to help schedule your follow-up testing. She can also answer any questions you may have at that time.
Please note: If it is determined that you need further testing, it is important for you to adhere to that recommendation. A formal diagnosis cannot be made until further tests are conducted. Although most lumps and changes to the breast are not cancer, it is important to seek a complete and accurate diagnosis. These tests are separate procedures from the original mammogram, therefore all charges and insurance co-pays will apply on the return visit.