Preparing for your mammogram
Getting a mammogram can make some people anxious, but knowing what to expect and how to prepare can help you feel confident walking into your mammogram appointment. During the mammogram, a technologist places each breast between two metal plates, then takes pictures from different angles. Once the mammogram is complete, the technologist reviews the images to make sure they are clear and show the entire breast.
The procedure typically takes about 15-30 minutes. While the mammogram itself is brief, you may need to wait for a few minutes before or after your imaging. Some people find that bringing something to read, music to listen to or a craft like knitting helps them pass the time and relieve any stress they may be feeling.
After the mammogram, the images are examined by a radiologist, who sends a report to your doctor. If a suspicious area is identified, further testing, such as additional mammograms, may be recommended.