Mammography FAQs

What is mammography?

Mammography is an x-ray examination of your breasts. A mammogram is a procedure used to help find lumps in the breasts that might not be detected otherwise.

How is my mammogram scheduled?

Either your healthcare provider's office will contact the Kearney Breast Center and arrange for an appointment time, or you can call and schedule your screening appointment. (For annual screening mammograms, you do not need a medical referral.) Please schedule your mammogram on a day of the month when your breasts are not tender. Be sure to check with your healthcare provider's office to clarify how to make arrangements for your mammogram.

What happens during my mammogram?

You will be given a gown and asked to undress above the waist. You will then be positioned at the mammography machine. Your breast will be compressed between two plastic plates. This compression is necessary for the best imaging of your breast and reduction of radiation dose.

You may feel some discomfort, which will last only a few seconds. However, be sure to let our staff know if you are sensitive. We may be able to make adjustments that will help you feel more comfortable. We do offer the 'Hologic Soft Mamo Pads" for your safety and comfort.

The images will be taken from all angles of your breasts: top, bottom and sides. The technologist will check to be sure that the image is clear and as much tissue as possible is obtained before you get dressed.

How long does the mammogram take?

A mammogram will take about 20 minutes.

What happens after my mammogram?

A radiologist specially trained in mammography will read your mammogram.

Your healthcare provider will inform you of the results of your mammogram. You may be asked to return to the Kearney Breast Center for additional images. This does not always mean an abnormality was found. Sometimes, the radiologist sees an area that requires additional images (such as a breast ultrasound or other diagnostic procedures) for a more thorough evaluation. If you have any questions about your mammography results, be sure to talk to your healthcare provider.