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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
    • 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 diagnostic examinations or for women with breast implants
  • Whole Breast Ultrasound Screening: wear a two-piece outfit; allow 30 to 45 minutes for your visit.
  • DXA: wear comfortable pants with no zippers, buttons, or snaps; allow 30 to 45 minutes for your visit. This exam is performed in suite 113, please check in at that location.
  • 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. This exam is performed in suite 113, please check in at that location.
  • Biopsies and Wire Localization Procedures: 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.

Patient Comfort

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, please schedule your 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. 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.