NCCN Guidelines for Patients
Breast Cancer - Early-Stage
(STAGES I AND II)
, Version 1.2016
Figure 2.1 Mammogram
Mammograms are pictures of the insides
of your breasts. They are often easy to
get. Before the test, don’t use deodorants,
perfumes, powders, or lotions on your breasts
and armpits or wash them off. These products
can make the pictures unclear. 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.
Your breast will be placed onto a flat surface,
called a plate. A second plate will be lowered
onto your breast to flatten it. This may be
painful but it gets the least fuzzy picture of
your breast. Pictures will be taken from a
camera that is attached to the two plates.
Mammograms of both breasts take about 20
minutes to complete.
The pictures are either printed on film or saved
on a computer. An expert in mammograms,
called a radiologist, will view the pictures.
He or she will report the test findings to your
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