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Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose X-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the diagnosis of breast diseases in women.
Who performs the procedure?
A certified Mammography Technologist will operate the machinery and a Board Certified Mammography Radiologist will interpret the exam after the images are taken.
Why is this procedure done?
Screening mammography is done to identify women and men with breast abnormalities.
Where is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed at The Breast Center on the 1st floor in the Weinberg Atrium located at 22 South Greene Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.
Is there any prep for this procedure?
We ask that you do not wear any deodorant or antiperspirant, powders or perfume on the day of the exam. You will be asked to undress above the waist and put on a gown. Please wear a skirt or slacks to facilitate the change of clothes.
What can I expect before the procedure?
You will be asked to fill out a history form and take off your clothes from the waist up and put on a gown.
What can I expect during the procedure?
You will be escorted into an exam room by a technologist. The technologist will expose one breast and place it on the breast plate for compression. The technologist will then start compression of the breast and ask you to hold your breath while the pictures are being taken. Then the breast is released and the other breast is compressed, and then side views on each breast are performed. After four pictures are taken, the technologist might ask you to wait to ensure that all the correct images are taken and are superior quality.
What can I expect after the procedure?
You will be asked to change back into your clothes and resume all normal activities. You may experience some minor discomfort in the breast area, but this will pass.
Are there any risks to this procedure?
There is a risk of radiation as with all X-rays. The amount of radiation is very small, in fact less than a standard X-ray.
Are there any alternatives to this procedure?
How do I schedule a procedure?
To schedule a mammogram, please call the breast center at 410-328-3225.