What to Expect at Your Mammogram Appointment
When it comes to your health, getting an annual mammogram is one of the best and easiest things you can do. It is recommended that women over the age of 40 get a screening mammogram every year. Most insurances cover this preventative exam at no cost to you.
You can schedule your mammogram at one of our convenient centers near you:
What happens during a mammogram exam?
The entire exam only takes about 10-15 minutes. A robe or gown will be provided, you will need to remove your top and bra but you can keep your pants or skirt on during the exam. Our technologist will perform a physical breast exam prior to the mammogram. Then, your technologist will escort you to the X-ray machine specifically designed for mammograms. One at a time, your breasts will be carefully positioned between the adjustable platform and clear plate. Brief pressure is applied to flatten tissue in order to get the clearest picture.
A mammogram may be briefly uncomfortable but it is not a painful exam. At Methodist CDI, our comfortable center environments and staff of experts will provide you with the best experience possible. Our staff will answer all of your questions and guide you through the exam.
Tips for a more comfortable mammogram:
- Choose a two-piece outfit so you will only have to remove your top. You will be provided a gown or robe.
- Try and schedule your appointment after your period to reduce any breast tenderness that many women experience the week before and during their period.
Methodist Center for Diagnostic Imaging centers are operated by Methodist CDI, a Texas non-profit corporation, and are staffed by independently practicing physicians who are contracted by Methodist CDI. The physicians and staff who provide services at the imaging centers are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its afﬁliated hospitals.