A Screening Mammogram is an annual exam for women aged 40+ and who do not have noticeable symptoms (new lumps or masses, breast pain, skin changes, etc.) following self exams.
We want your mammogram experience to be positive, so we make scheduling as easy as possible. We offer screening mammography at two convenient screening centers. Click here to view our Screening Breast Centers. To schedule your Screening 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.