Preparing For Your Appointment
- Mammograms and other breast imaging: Arrange ahead of time to bring or transfer your previous mammograms and other breast imaging studies to our office.
- Mammograms: Wear a two-piece outfit, such as a skirt and blouse or pants and shirt; do not use powder or deodorant on the torso or breast area; Allow 30 minutes for Screening and 60 minutes for women with breast implants or Diagnostic examinations.
- Whole Breast Ultrasound Screening: wear a two-piece outfit; Allow 45 to 60 minutes for your visit.
- DXA: wear comfortable pants with no zippers, buttons, or snaps; Allow 30 to 45 minutes for your visit.
- Pelvic Ultrasound: drink at least 32 ounces of liquid starting one hour before your appointment time, to fill your bladder; it is best to schedule when you are not on your menstrual cycle; Allow 45 minutes for your visit.
- Typically we would prefer that patients discontinue use of any blood thinning medications. These include Plavix, aspirin, herbal products, extra Vitamin E, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naprosyn (Aleve), Coumadin, Lovenox, Xarelto, etc. Before altering your schedule for blood thinning medications, please consult your physician.
- For all Appointments: Bring your Medicare or insurance cards if you would like us to bill your insurance.
Each technologist at our office is a specialist, with extensive training in mammography techniques and positioning. Every effort will be made to ensure your comfort.
For best image quality we advise that you schedule breast procedure 2 to 12 days after the start of your menstrual cycle. If you are concerned about potential breast pain during your mammogram please discuss this with the technologist before your examination. She may advise that you consider using the Mammo Pad, a disposable foam cushion designed to minimize discomfort associated with breast compression. Often patients who have had a difficult experience at another facility are pleasantly surprised by how easy mammography can be when performed by a true professional.