New York, NY Mammogram Cost Comparison

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A Mammogram in New York costs $121 on average when you take the median of the 332 medical providers who perform Mammogram procedures in New York, NY. The least expensive Mammogram in New York is $90 for a Breast Mammogram - Both Breasts (Mammogram) while the most expensive Mammogram list price is $100 for a Breast Mammogram - One Breast (Mammogram). There are 2 different types of Mammogram provided in New York, listed below, and the price for each differs based upon your insurance type. As a healthcare consumer you should understand that prices of medical procedures vary and if you shop from the New York providers below you may be able to save money. Start shopping today and see what you can save!
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Procedure Price Range
Breast Mammogram - One Breast (Mammogram) Cost Average $100 - $240 Free Quote
Breast Mammogram - Both Breasts (Mammogram) Cost Average $90 - $210 Free Quote

Compare Mammogram Providers in New York, NY

Facility City Type
BAB Radiology, P.C. (Huntington) Huntington Diagnostic Testing Facility
Holy Name Hospital Teaneck Acute Care Hospital
Passaic Beth Israel Regional Medical Center Passaic Acute Care Hospital
Kimball Medical Center Lakewood Acute Care Hospital
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neptune Acute Care Hospital
Bergen Imaging Ctr Englewood Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - Midtown Medical Pavillion New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Princeton and Rutgers Neurology Somerset Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI and Diagnostic Imaging of Wall Wall Diagnostic Testing Facility
New York Hospital Queens Flushing Acute Care Hospital
Trinitas Diagnostic Imaging Elizabeth Diagnostic Testing Facility
Phillips Ambulatory Care Center, Dept of Radiology New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Bellevue Hospital Center New York Acute Care Hospital
Breast Health Center of Ridgewood Glen Rock Breast Clinic
Distinguished Diagnostic Imaging Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
Children's Specialized Hospital Mountainside Mountainside Childrens Hospital
Bronx Park Radiology Asst Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Kew Garden Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hunterdon Diagnostics Flemington Diagnostic Testing Facility
River Medical Imaging Toms River Diagnostic Testing Facility
East Brunswick Open Upright MRI East Brunswick Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Rockville Centre Diagnostic Testing Facility
Montclair Radiology Nutley Diagnostic Testing Facility
Mosholu Park Radiology Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hudson Valley Hospital Center Cortlandt Manor Acute Care Hospital
Nyack Hospital Nyack Acute Care Hospital
Saint Michael's Medical Center Newark Acute Care Hospital
Jfk Medical Center Edison Acute Care Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Rahway Rahway Acute Care Hospital
Lutheran Healthcare Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
South Nassau Communities Hospital Oceanside Acute Care Hospital
Yonkers Radiology Yonkers Diagnostic Testing Facility
Integrated Diagnostic Imaging and Cardiology of Staten Island Staten Island Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Joseph's Medical Center Yonkers Acute Care Hospital
Rockefeller University Hospital New York Acute Care Hospital
Mira Women's Imaging Harrison Breast Clinic
Lacey Diagnostic Imaging. Forked River Diagnostic Testing Facility
Lerman Diagnostic Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hoboken University Medical Center Hoboken Acute Care Hospital
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Bergen Regional Medical Center Paramus Acute Care Hospital
Saint Francis Hospital Roslyn Acute Care Hospital
C.p. Advanced Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Gramatan Medical Services Bronxville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island College Hospital Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Professional Radiology Services, PC Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - Union Square Diagnostic Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Mount Vernon Hospital Mount Vernon Acute Care Hospital
Magnetic Imaging of Morris Mtn Lakes Diagnostic Testing Facility
BAB Radiology, P.C. (Hauppauge) Hauppauge Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island Jewish Medical Center New Hyde Park Acute Care Hospital
Ann M. Moore, Md Morristown Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Joseph's Wayne Hospital Wayne Acute Care Hospital
Hunterdon Medical Center Flemington Acute Care Hospital
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Better Medical Health Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Monmouth Medical Center Long Branch Acute Care Hospital
Highway Imaging Associates, LLP Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Bioscan Diagnostic Imaging Saddle Brook Diagnostic Testing Facility
South Queens Imaging South Ozone Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI and Imaging of Newark Newark Diagnostic Testing Facility
Southern Ocean County Hospital Manahawkin Acute Care Hospital
Bayshore Community Hospital Holmdel Acute Care Hospital
BAB Radiology, P.C. (Shirley) Shirley Diagnostic Testing Facility
Overlook Imaging at Springfield Avenue Summit Diagnostic Testing Facility
Cornell Imaging and Vascular New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Services Bethpage Diagnostic Testing Facility
Advanced Diagnostic Imaging Paramus Diagnostic Testing Facility
Good Samaritan Hospital Suffern Acute Care Hospital
Complete Radiology Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Progressive Imaging Center Belleville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hartsdale Imaging Hartsdale Diagnostic Testing Facility
Morristown Memorial Hospital Morristown Acute Care Hospital
Medical Imaging Rutherford Diagnostic Testing Facility
Marine Park Radiology Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Coney Island Hospital Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Interfaith Medical Center Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Progressive Medical Imagin at the Kennedy Center Union City Diagnostic Testing Facility
Putnam Hospital Center Carmel Acute Care Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick Acute Care Hospital
Brick Imaging Brick Diagnostic Testing Facility
Lenox Hill Radiology and Medical New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island Diagnostic Imaging East Setauket Diagnostic Testing Facility
Magnetic Resonance of New Jersey Nutley Diagnostic Testing Facility
White Plains Hospital Center White Plains Acute Care Hospital
A.p.diagnostic Imaging Edison Diagnostic Testing Facility
Main Street Radiology at Bayside Flushing Diagnostic Testing Facility
Dynamic Medical Imaging Union Diagnostic Testing Facility
Winthrop-university Hospital Mineola Acute Care Hospital
Stand-up MRI of East Elmhurst East Elmhurst Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI of Clifton Clifton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Stat Radiology Lakewood Diagnostic Testing Facility
Newton Imaging Sparta Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Lawrence Hospital Center Bronxville Acute Care Hospital
Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack Acute Care Hospital
Saint Joseph's Regional Medical Center Paterson Acute Care Hospital
Clifton Medical Imaging Center Clifton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Columbus Hospital Newark Acute Care Hospital
Northeast Imaging and Diagnostics Totowa Diagnostic Testing Facility
Empire Imaging Forest Hills Diagnostic Testing Facility
Overlook Hospital Summit Acute Care Hospital
Progressive Open MRI Hackensack Diagnostic Testing Facility
Westchester Medical Center Valhalla Acute Care Hospital
Medical Imaging of Elmwood Park Elmwood Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Suffolk Breast Imaging Lake Grove Breast Clinic
Hooper Imaging Toms River Diagnostic Testing Facility
Richmond Hill Radiology Richmond Hill Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Peter's University Hospital New Brunswick Acute Care Hospital
Middle Village Diagnostic Rego Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Redi Diagnostics Corp Elmwood Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Jackson Heights Diagnostic Testing Facility
Radiology Imaging Associates Wayne Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - West Side Radiology - East 95th Street Radiology New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Progressive Medical Imaging of Bloomfield Bloomfield Diagnostic Testing Facility
University Hospital Newark Acute Care Hospital
Crescent Radiology Astoria Diagnostic Testing Facility
Flushing Hospital Medical Center Flushing Acute Care Hospital
Syosset Radiology Syosset Diagnostic Testing Facility
Narrows MRI and Diagnostic Radiology Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint James Hospital Newark Acute Care Hospital
Columbus Medical Institute Of New Rego Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Radiologic Health Services MRI of Smithtown Smithtown Diagnostic Testing Facility
Upright Imaging of Westchester Yonkers Diagnostic Testing Facility
Stand-up MRI of Lynbrook Lynbrook Diagnostic Testing Facility
Huntington Hospital Huntington Acute Care Hospital
Southampton Hospital Southampton Acute Care Hospital
NYRP - Morningside Medical Pavilion New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Rockville PET Imaging Rockville Centre Diagnostic Testing Facility
Raritan Bay Medical Center - Perth Amboy Perth Amboy Acute Care Hospital
Saint John's Riverside Hospital - Andrus Pavilion Yonkers Acute Care Hospital
Eastside Diagnostic Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Clare's Hospital - Sussex Sussex Acute Care Hospital
Elmhurst Hospital Center Elmhurst Acute Care Hospital
Orthopaedic Associates of Manhasset MRI Great Neck Diagnostic Testing Facility
Central Jersey Open Extremity MRI Eatontown Diagnostic Testing Facility
Cliffside Park Imaging and Diagnostic Center Cliffside Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island Medical Diagnostic Imaging East Islip Diagnostic Testing Facility
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newark Acute Care Hospital
Inter-county Imaging Yonkers Diagnostic Testing Facility
Bergenline Imaging Center, LLC Union City Diagnostic Testing Facility
Complete Women's Imaging Oceanside Breast Clinic
Saint John's Episcopal Hospital South Shore Far Rockaway Acute Care Hospital
Gramercy MRI and Diagnostic Radiology New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Montclair Breast Center Montclair Breast Clinic
Middletown Medical Imaging Middletown Diagnostic Testing Facility
Garden State Open MRI Diagnostic Center Passaic Diagnostic Testing Facility
Third Avenue Open MRI Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
Ridgefield Ridgefield Diagnostic Testing Facility
Westchester PET and Medical Imaging Hawthorne Diagnostic Testing Facility
Advanced Open MRI and Diagnostic Toms River Diagnostic Testing Facility
Madison Avenue MRI New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Harlem Hospital Center New York Acute Care Hospital
Stand-up MRI of Staten Island Staten Island Diagnostic Testing Facility
Riverview Medical Center Red Bank Acute Care Hospital
NYRP - East Manhattan Diagnostic Imaging, PC New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
University Hospital of Brooklyn Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
New York Methodist Hospital Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Ocean Medical Imaging Center Toms River Diagnostic Testing Facility
Main Street Radiology at Bayside Bayside Diagnostic Testing Facility
Manhattan Diagnostic Radiology New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center West Islip Acute Care Hospital
South Mountain Imaging Millburn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Chilton Memorial Hospital Pompton Plains Acute Care Hospital
Park Avenue Radiologists New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Union Imaging Associates Union Diagnostic Testing Facility
Ramapo Diagnostic Imaging Suffern Diagnostic Testing Facility
Palisades Medical Center North Bergen Acute Care Hospital
Hunterdon Imaging Annandale Diagnostic Testing Facility
Medical Imaging Center of North Jersey Clifton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Sound Shore Medical Center New Rochelle Acute Care Hospital
Nassau University Medical Center East Meadow Acute Care Hospital
Fair Lawn Diagnostic Imaging Fair Lawn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Main Street Radiology at Bayside Flushing Diagnostic Testing Facility
Old Country Road Imaging and Diagnostics Mineola Diagnostic Testing Facility
Dynamic Medical Imaging Maspeth Diagnostic Testing Facility
Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Hoboken Radiology Hoboken Diagnostic Testing Facility
Ironbound MRI Newark Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Murray Hill Radiology and Mammography New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Northeast Radiology Brewster Diagnostic Testing Facility
North Shore - Lij Radiology Services Great Neck Diagnostic Testing Facility
Westfield Imaging Center Summit Diagnostic Testing Facility
Elmont Open MRI Elmont Diagnostic Testing Facility
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center Secaucus Acute Care Hospital
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Services Manahawkin Diagnostic Testing Facility
Highway Imaging Associates Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Central Imaging Associates Orange Diagnostic Testing Facility
M.g.k.s.c.z. Magnetic Resonance Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Metropolitan Diagnostic Imaging Garden City Diagnostic Testing Facility
Advanced Medical Imaging of North Emerson Diagnostic Testing Facility
The Valley Hospital Ridgewood Acute Care Hospital
Beth Israel Medical Center - Petrie Division New York Acute Care Hospital
Saint Mary's Hospital Passaic Acute Care Hospital
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Flushing Diagnostic Testing Facility
Christ Hospital Jersey City Acute Care Hospital
Columbia Presbyterian Eastside Radiology New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Northeast Radiology Mount Kisco Diagnostic Testing Facility
Williamsburg Medical Imaging, PC Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
PET/ CT Imaging of Ramapo Radiology Pomona Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Hewlett Diagnostic Testing Facility
Peconic Bay Medical Center Riverhead Acute Care Hospital
Community Medical Center Toms River Acute Care Hospital
Staten Island University Hospital - North Site Staten Island Acute Care Hospital
Monmouth Radiologists Long Branch Diagnostic Testing Facility
Memorial Sloan-kettering Cancer Center New York Acute Care Hospital
Island Diagnostic Imaging Massapequa Diagnostic Testing Facility
The Brooklyn Hospital Center Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Radiology Services of New York Staten Island Diagnostic Testing Facility
Urban Radiology, PC (Ocean Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - West Side Radiology @ 23rd Street New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Newman Street Imaging Center Hackensack Diagnostic Testing Facility
New York-presbyterian Hospital/weill Cornell Medical New York Acute Care Hospital
Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center East Patchogue Acute Care Hospital
John T. Mather Memorial Hospital Port Jefferson Acute Care Hospital
Bayonne Medical Center Bayonne Acute Care Hospital
Sound Shore Radiology Services New Rochelle Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Newton Memorial Hospital Newton Acute Care Hospital
Maimonides Medical Center Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Bronx-lebanon Hospital Center - Fulton Division Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Holmdel Imaging Holmdel Diagnostic Testing Facility
Northern Breast and Womens Imaging Garden City Breast Clinic
Jacobi Medical Center Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Hudson Radiology Center Bayonne Diagnostic Testing Facility
Trinitas Hospital Elizabeth Acute Care Hospital
Saint Luke's-roosevelt Hospital Center - Saint Lukes New York Acute Care Hospital
Toms River Xray CT and MRI Center Toms River Diagnostic Testing Facility
Stand-up MRI of Bensonhurst Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Pascack Valley Hospital Westwood Acute Care Hospital
All County Open MRI and Diagnostic Radiology Elmont Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island Diagnostic Imaging Riverhead Diagnostic Testing Facility
American Imaging Center of West West Orange Diagnostic Testing Facility
Womens Digital Imaging of Ridgweood Ridgewood Diagnostic Testing Facility
New Jersey Diagnostic Imaging and Brick Diagnostic Testing Facility
Community Hospital at Dobbs Ferry Dobbs Ferry Acute Care Hospital
Comprehensive MRI of New York East Setauket Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Charles Hospital Port Jefferson Acute Care Hospital
Next Generation Radiology Great Neck Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Clare's Hospital - Denville Denville Acute Care Hospital
Somerset Medical Center Somerville Acute Care Hospital
Queens Hospital Center Jamaica Acute Care Hospital
Great Neck Imaging Great Neck Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Clare's Northwest Imaging Center Parsippany Diagnostic Testing Facility
R Baldonado North Jersey Imaging Center 60th StMRI West New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Tricat, LLC (3840 Park Avenue) Edison Diagnostic Testing Facility
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Englewood Acute Care Hospital
Advanced Radiological Imaging Elmhurst Diagnostic Testing Facility
Empire Open MRI Yonkers Diagnostic Testing Facility
Lenox Hill Hospital New York Acute Care Hospital
Advanced Radiological Imaging Astoria Diagnostic Testing Facility
Progressive Diagnostic Imaging Riverdale Diagnostic Testing Facility
Glen Cove Hospital Glen Cove Acute Care Hospital
New Island Hospital Bethpage Acute Care Hospital
Atrium Imaging Associates Manalapan Diagnostic Testing Facility
Woodbridge Open MRI Iselin Diagnostic Testing Facility
Medical Park Imaging Wayne Diagnostic Testing Facility
Metropolitan Hospital Center New York Acute Care Hospital
North Shore University Hospital Manhasset Acute Care Hospital
Richmond Radiology Staten Island Diagnostic Testing Facility
Teaneck Radiology Center, LLC Teaneck Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hampton Radiology Hampton Bays Diagnostic Testing Facility
The Mount Sinai Hospital New York Acute Care Hospital
Northeast Radiology Yorktown Heights Diagnostic Testing Facility
Islandwide Medical Imaging Long Beach Diagnostic Testing Facility
Mountainside Hospital Montclair Acute Care Hospital
University Diagnostic Medical Imaging Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - Central Park Womens Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Montefiore Medical Center - Moses Division Hospital Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Chinatown Medical Imaging Center New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - West Side Radiology - Union Square West New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Stony Brook University Medical Center Stony Brook Acute Care Hospital
Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Jericho Specialty Imaging New Hyde Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Phelps Memorial Hospital Center Sleepy Hollow Acute Care Hospital
NYRP - West Side Radiology @ 57th Street New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Xxi Century Radiology and Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Stand-up MRI of Melville Melville Diagnostic Testing Facility
New York Westchester Square Medical Center Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Perth Amboy Diagnostic Imaging Perth Amboy Diagnostic Testing Facility
Open MRI and Imaging of Rochelle Park Rochelle Park Diagnostic Testing Facility
Unionsquare Medical Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Millburn Medical Imaging Maplewood Diagnostic Testing Facility
Personal Care Molecular Imaging Wall Diagnostic Testing Facility
Southside Hospital Bay Shore Acute Care Hospital
North Central Bronx Hospital Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Morris County Imaging Morristown Diagnostic Testing Facility
New York Downtown Hospital New York Acute Care Hospital
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Services Manahawkin Diagnostic Testing Facility
Blythedale Children's Hospital Valhalla Childrens Hospital
Metropolitan Diagnostic Imaging Garden City Diagnostic Testing Facility
Doshi Diagnostic Imaging Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Ocean Medical Center Brick Acute Care Hospital
Virtual Medical Forest Hills Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYU Langone Medical Center New York Acute Care Hospital
BAB Radiology, P.C. (Bay Shore) Bay Shore Diagnostic Testing Facility
Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Huntington Huntington Diagnostic Testing Facility
Main Medical Imaging Center Clifton Diagnostic Testing Facility
Clara Maass Medical Center Belleville Acute Care Hospital
North Fork Radiology Riverhead Diagnostic Testing Facility
Stony Brook Radiologic Services, PC Stony Brook Diagnostic Testing Facility
Kings County Hospital Center Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Cranford Diagnostic Imaging PA Cranford Diagnostic Testing Facility
Columbia Presbyterian Radiologists New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
401 Medical Imaging Englewood Cliffs Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island Medical Imaging West Islip Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hudson Valley Diagnostic Imaging Ossining Diagnostic Testing Facility
Carnegie Hill Radiology New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Park West Radiology, Pc New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Long Island Diagnostic Imaging Syosset Diagnostic Testing Facility
Nydic Open MRI of America-mahwah Valley Mahwah Diagnostic Testing Facility
Gun Hill MRI Bronx Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - West Side Radiology @ 5th Avenue New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Northfield Imaging Center West Orange Diagnostic Testing Facility
Eastern Long Island Hospital Greenport Acute Care Hospital
Advantage Radiology. Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
MRI of Woodbridge Avenel Diagnostic Testing Facility
Mercy Medical Center Rockville Centre Acute Care Hospital
The Imaging Center at Montville Montville Diagnostic Testing Facility
Hackensack Medical Imaging Hackensack Diagnostic Testing Facility
Verrazano Radiology Asociates Staten Island Diagnostic Testing Facility
The Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center Brooklyn Acute Care Hospital
Radiology Imaging Breast Center Livingston Diagnostic Testing Facility
NYRP - Columbus Circle Imaging New York Diagnostic Testing Facility
Centrastate Medical Center Freehold Acute Care Hospital
Tri County MRI and Diagnostic Chatham Diagnostic Testing Facility
Saint Barnabas Hospital Bronx Acute Care Hospital
Omega Diagnostic Imaging, PC Brooklyn Diagnostic Testing Facility
Comprehensive MRI of New York Islandia Diagnostic Testing Facility

Mammography Introduction

Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. The low-dose x-ray system used in most mammogram machines simply expose a small dose of ionizing radiation to the area of interest to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds that women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a genetic history of breast cancer should seek expert medical advice about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and about the frequency of screening.

Mammography Patient Preparation

Inform your doctor or technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant. Mammograms can be harmful to your fetus and cause birth defects. It is recommended that you schedule a mammogram one week following your period. Guidelines about eating and drinking before a mammogram vary at different facilities. Unless you are told otherwise, you may follow your regular daily routine and take medications as usual. Do not wear any deodorant, talcum power or lotions under your arms or on your breasts the day of the exam. These can appear on the mammogram as calcium spots. Prior to your exam, discuss any new findings or problems in your breasts with your doctor. Inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer. If possible, obtain prior mammograms and make them available to the radiologist at the time of the current exam.

What to expect during and after a Mammogram

The overall preparation and mammogram examination should take approximately 30 minutes. Prior to the procedure, describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam. If areas are noted then a special adhesive marker will be placed at the location of the areas prior to the procedure. At the time of the procedure you will be asked to remove any clothing, jewelry, or other objects that might interfere with the procedure. You will also be asked to remove your clothing from your waist up and then given a hospital gown to wear. For the procedure, you will stand in front of a mammography machine. One breast at a time will be placed on the x-ray plate. Compression on the breast is required in order to minimize the amount of radiation used and to ensure optimal visualization of the breast tissue. You may feel some discomfort during this time. During the procedure, you will be asked to stay very still and may even be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility of a blurred image. To take the actual x-ray picture, the technologist will walk behind a wall or into the next room to activate the x-ray machine. Multiple pictures will most likely be taking of each breast. Once the procedure is complete, you will be asked to wait until the technologist determines that the images are of high enough quality for the radiologist to read. Once cleared, ask your doctor or technician when your results will be ready.

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