Breast Health Center
Iowa Radiology: Methodist location
Iowa Radiology: Clive-West location
What to Expect
During the Mammogram
Mammography is performed on an
outpatient basis. During the mammogram, a specially qualified radiologic
technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit. Your
breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle
(often made of clear Plexiglas or other plastic). The technologist will
gradually compress your breast.
The technologist will stand behind a glass shield during the x-ray
exposure. You will be asked to change positions slightly between images.
The routine views are a top-to-bottom view and an oblique side view.
The process will be repeated for the other breast.
You must hold very still and may be asked to keep from breathing for a
few seconds while the x-ray picture is taken to reduce the possibility
of a blurred image.
When the examination is complete, the patient will be asked to wait
until the technologist determines the images are of high enough quality
for the Radiologist to read. A routine screening may take 15 to 20
minutes. A diagnostic mammogram may take 40 minutes to an hour.
After the Mammogram
You will receive a letter within a week to 10 days with the results. If
you do not receive a letter, make sure to call us. Your physcian will
get a faxed report of the results within approximately three business
days. If the radiologist is questioning a change in the breast or is
seeing a new area, you may be called back for additional imaging. It
does not mean the original images were not positioned properly.