NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Stages I and II Breast Cancer - page 14

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
Stages I and II Breast Cancer, Version 1.2014
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Treatment planning
Imaging tests
Imaging tests
Seeing inside of your body
Imaging tests make pictures of the insides of your
body. The pictures can show how far the cancer
has spread. Getting an imaging test is often easy.
Depending on the test, you may need to stop taking
some medicines, stop eating and drinking for a few
hours, and remove metal objects from your body.
Breast imaging
Diagnostic bilateral mammography
Mammography uses x-rays to make pictures of
the insides of the breast. These pictures are called
mammograms. A bilateral mammography takes
pictures of both breasts. Mammography that is used
for breast cancer screening often takes two pictures
of each breast. Diagnostic mammography may
take more pictures from different angles. Diagnostic
bilateral mammography is recommended to see
the size of the breast tumor and if there are other
abnormal areas in either breast.
Before mammography, wash off any deodorant,
perfume, powder, or lotion on your breasts and
armpits. These products can block pictures. You will
also need to remove your top and bra.
In the exam room, a technician will tell you how to
place your body next to the machine. As shown in
Figure 3,
your breast will be placed onto a flat metal
surface, called a plate. A second plate will be lowered
onto your breast to flatten it. This may be painful but
is important to do to get the least fuzzy image of the
Figure 3. Mammography
Mammography uses x-rays to
make pictures of the insides of the
breast. These pictures are called
mammograms. Diagnostic bilateral
mammography
is recommended to
see the size of the breast tumor and if
there are other abnormal areas in either
breast
.
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