How to prepare for your mammogram
On the day of your mammogram, please do not use talcum powder, perfume, or deodorant, and we recommend that you wear a comfortable two-piece garment. You may take any medication you normally take.
What to expect
When you arrive at your appointment, you will be shown to a private dressing area. You will be asked to undress above the waist there and put on a gown.
For your mammogram, a female technologist will position you in front of the mammography unit. Your breast will be compressed gently between two pieces of plastic. Every woman at Memorial Hospital is provided with MammoPad®—a soft, foam pad that creates a cushion between you and the mammography machine.
To lessen any discomfort, we recommend that you not eat or drink anything with caffeine for two weeks prior to your mammogram appointment. Compression is necessary to spread the tissue and allow better detection at the lowest radiation dosage.
After your images have been confirmed by the technologist, you can get dressed and return to your regular activities.