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A Look at the Mammogram Procedure

Last updated 3 years ago

If you’re scheduled for your first mammogram at Palms of Pasadena Hospital, chances are you have questions about what to expect. Our caring team will walk you through the entire process and is always happy to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. Here’s a look at what to expect when you come in for a mammogram.


When you arrive for your mammogram, you will be given a gown and asked to remove your top and bra. Many women find that it is easier to wear pants or a skirt with a shirt instead of a dress on the day of their mammograms so it’s easier to disrobe. The technician will explain the procedure and ask a few questions about your health history and whether you could be pregnant. This is a great time to ask any questions you have about the mammogram.


The technician will place your breast on a flat plate on the mammogram machine. Then, a second flat plate will be lowered to compress your breast to create the clearest possible image. Many women are concerned that this part of the procedure will be painful, but for most women, it is merely uncomfortable. If you do experience pain, alert the technician so he or she can make adjustments to the position of your breast to make it more comfortable. The compression only lasts for a few seconds. The process is then repeated on the other breast.


A radiologist will read the results of your mammogram and reports will be sent to your doctor. If you’ve had any previous mammograms, the radiologist will compare them to your new one to look for any changes. If the radiologist sees something in your mammogram that requires further testing, you may be called back for more imaging tests or a breast biopsy. Remember that most changes in breast tissue are not cancerous.

For your next mammogram, ask your doctor to refer you to Palms of Pasadena Hospital in St. Petersburg. In addition to our imaging department, you’ll find all of the medical services you need at our hospital, including orthopedic surgery, pain management, and emergency care. Learn more by calling (855) 245-8328.  


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