The first step in scheduling your mammogram is getting a script or order from your primary care physician, OB-GYN, or regular provider. You will not be able to schedule your mammogram until you have received this script.
When you arrive, you will check in and be taken to an area to undress from the waist up. It’s helpful to wear a two-piece outfit that day to make it easier. You will be given a gown to wear while you wait. Don’t wear deodorant or perfume before
When you are called into the mammogram room, you’ll see a large machine and a technician. For each breast, you will undo the gown on that side, raise your arm up over the machine, and lean into it. The technician will position your breast in the
machine between two flat plates and then compress your breast as you hold still. You will be asked to hold your breath for a moment while the X-ray is taken, and then the machine will release your breast.
In a screening mammogram, the whole procedure will probably take 10 to 15 minutes. In a diagnostic mammogram, the procedure may take longer. More X-rays of different angles will be taken, and the technician may zoom in on areas of interest.
While your breast is compressed, there can be some discomfort and possibly mild pain – the tissue simply isn’t accustomed to being stretched and compressed. But the discomfort lasts only seconds and goes away as soon as the mammography machine
releases the breast.