One of the most effective steps in preventative cancer care for women is a regular mammogram screening by a trusted medical professional. Mammograms show any major changes in breast tissue and can alert doctors to abnormalities that may be indicative of breast cancer. Here is a look at what you can expect from an upcoming mammogram:
Preparing for a Mammogram
If you have never had a mammogram before, then be sure to consult with your breast care specialist about preparing for the procedure. He or she will likely encourage you to schedule your mammogram for one week following your period so your breasts are not sore. Try to also avoid wearing deodorant and consider wearing a shirt and bottoms instead of a dress since you will need to remove your top.
The Procedure Itself
You can anticipate the procedure to take around half of an hour. During this time, your breasts will be placed between two plates of a mammogram machine and gently compressed for a period of a few seconds each. The compression, although uncomfortable, is necessary since it allows the technologist to take a more accurate picture of each breast for radiologists and other doctors to analyze later on.
Analyzing the Results
After you have completed this important breast care procedure, the images of your breasts will be sent to a radiologist for analysis. He or she will compare the images with any past mammograms you may have had and will determine whether or not you need to have your breasts further examined. Since cancer can be particularly difficult to detect in some women, it is important that you choose a breast care center that is experienced and reputable.
Here at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we're proud to offer breast care in addition to our comprehensive stroke care, orthopedic care, and spine care services. Our caring staff can assist you in scheduling mammograms, bone density exams, and guided breast biopsy procedures all in the comfort of our state-of-the-art Breast Care Center. Call (888) 685-1596 to learn more about our health services.