Manage Mammogram Stress With ASRT's Preparation Checklist

Oct 07, 2011, 13:57 ET from American Society of Radiologic Technologists

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Oct. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mammography is the best way to find breast cancer early. This simple, low-dose x-ray procedure can detect breast abnormalities up to two years before they can be felt, and finding them early significantly improves a woman's chance of successful treatment.

However, for individuals who have never had a mammogram, the experience can be daunting. Questions about what to wear, when to schedule the examination and what to bring are natural discussion points for women at every age.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, celebrated each October, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists is providing women with a preparation checklist so they can confidently get ready for their annual mammograms.

These straightforward points are easy to understand and can ease the stress for first timers and even women who have previously undergone the procedure. Plus, they will help the mammographer, the qualified radiologic technologist who performs the exam, get the best possible image.

  • Schedule your mammogram just after your menstrual period, when your breasts are less tender.
  • Wear a two-piece outfit on the day of your mammogram, so you will have to remove only your top.
  • Don't apply deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under the arms or near the breasts prior to examination. These products can show up on the x-ray image and may make it difficult to interpret.
  • Bring the name, address and phone number of your primary care physician.
  • Bring a list of the places and dates of mammograms you've had before and copies of your previous mammograms if possible.
  • Plan at least 40-60 minutes for the exam, which includes time for preparation.
  • Let the mammographer know if you have experienced any changes in your breasts and if you have had any previous breast surgery or if you have breast implants.

Mammograms are proven to save lives. So, take some time to prepare yourself. And remember to contact your doctor if you have specific questions about radiation associated with the exam.

For more information about mammography procedures and other medical imaging exams, visit

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The ASRT represents more than 142,000 members who perform medical imaging procedures or plan and deliver radiation therapy. The Society is the largest radiologic science association in the world. Its mission is to advance the medical imaging and radiation therapy profession and to enhance the quality of patient care.

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SOURCE American Society of Radiologic Technologists