A Diagnostic Mammogram is a comprehensive radiological examination and consultation for patients who have an abnormal screening or symptoms such as breast lump, discharge, pain, dimpling, change in breast size, shape, or previous history of cancer.
We want your mammogram experience to be positive, so we make scheduling as easy as possible. We offer Diagnostic Mammography within the West Cancer Center building at 7945 Wolf River Boulvard in Germantown, Tennessee. To schedule your Diagnostic Mammogram, please call: 901.516.4300.
Helpful Mammogram Tips
- Bring any prior mammogram images with you to your appointment.
- Wear a two-piece outfit to make it easier to undress. You’ll be given a gown to wear.
- Avoid using deodorant, powder, perfume, creams or lotions above the waist. They leave a residue that may be picked up on the machine and can interfere with the mammogram results.
- Tell your healthcare provider and the radiologist if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
- Avoid scheduling your mammogram during the week prior to your menstrual period to lessen any breast swelling and tenderness.
How the Mammogram Will Feel
The metal may feel cold, and when your breast is compressed, you may have some pain. However, this is necessary in order to obtain clear images. This process is performed by a registered radiologic technologist and only takes about 10 minutes.
How the Mammogram is Performed
One breast at a time is rested on a flat surface that contains the X-ray plate. A device called a “compressor” will be pressed firmly against the breast to help flatten the tissue.
X-ray pictures are then taken from several angles. You may be asked to hold your breath as each picture is taken.