If you have previously had a mammogram performed at another
clinic, have the reports and films sent or bring them with you to your
Tell your Health Professional if you:
Are or might be pregnant. A mammogram is an X-ray test with
exposure to low-dose radiation and is not performed for routine
screening during pregnancy.
Are breast-feeding. A mammogram may not provide clear results in breasts that contain milk.
Have breast implants. Breast implants require a modified mammogram method.
Have previously had a breast biopsy. Knowing the location of
scar tissue will help the radiologist read your mammogram accurately.
On the Day of the Mammogram
Do not use any deodorant, perfume, powders or ointments on your
breasts. The residue left on your skin by these substances may
interfere with the X-rays.
Wear a two-piece outfit to easily undress above the waist.
If you are still having menstrual periods, you may want to have
your mammogram performed within two weeks after your menstrual period
ends. The procedure will be more comfortable, especially if your breasts
become tender during this time.