OhioHealth Mammography Preparation
Mammograms at OhioHealth are quick and easy. For most women, the entire appointment takes less than 30 minutes.
In consideration of your comfort, most of our locations offer a locker for your belongings and a comfortable robe and slippers. When scheduling your appointment, ask if your location offers these amenities.
Preparing for your mammogram procedure does not involve anything out of the ordinary. You can eat normally, and if you take medications, continue to do so.
You will be asked not to wear deodorant on the day of your mammogram because such products may show up on mammogram images. Also, if you are premenopausal, it's best to schedule your screening exam during the week following your menstrual period, when your breasts may be less tender.
What to Expect during Your Mammogram
An OhioHealth mammography technologist with specialized training in mammographic positioning and techniques will perform your mammogram.
- You'll be asked to stand in front of the mammography unit, a special type of digital X-ray machine.
- Your technologist will position your breast between two firm surfaces that compress your breast as flat as possible, to ensure good X-ray pictures. This may be uncomfortable but shouldn't hurt.
- Compression usually lasts no more than 20 to 30 seconds. During this time, an X-ray beam comes from above and penetrates your breast tissue. The X-ray image is recorded digitally and stored in a computer.
Based on what your radiologist sees on your mammogram, you may be asked to return for a diagnostic mammogram. It's not unusual to be called back after a screening mammogram. This is because your radiologist may not have any previous comparison or may need to look more carefully at a specific area of the breast.
Most findings are not cancer, but it's important to have the additional imaging done. This may include specialized and tightly focused X-ray pictures, known as a magnification or compression view, or possibly a breast ultrasound.
Financial Assistance Options
At OhioHealth, women with limited financial resources or medical insurance coverage can obtain at no cost:
- Screening mammogram - women age 40 and over
- Diagnostic mammogram
- Breast ultrasound
Financial assistance is provided through grant funding from the American Cancer Society, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and The National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Grant funds are limited. However, you may also qualify for assistance through the OhioHealth Financial Assistance/Charity Care program.
To schedule a mammogram procedure at any of OhioHealth's mammography centers, call (614) 566-1111, and ask about financial assistance options.