What to Expect

During the mammogram, the technologists will place one breast, then the other, between two plates. These plates immobilize your breast while the X-ray arm of the machine quickly takes a series of images. This takes only a few seconds. The compression can be unpleasant, but we can work with you to try to minimize the discomfort. It can help to schedule your appointment shortly after your menstrual period is over.

We seek to have your results ready in 3 days after your mammogram after one of our radiologists determines your result.  A screening mammogram can detect both cancerous and noncancerous tumors.  Do not worry if we tell you that you need more tests. Majority of people who have additional testing do not have breast cancer. Our staff will assist you in getting any additional imaging done if needed. We mail your results to you but if we believe you need to talk with someone, our Breast Navigator nurse will reach out to you.

On the day of your mammogram, please

  • Do not use deodorant, lotions, powder, or perfume.
  • Remember to bring any images of earlier mammograms if possible.
  • Before your appointment, take a moment to think about your family’s medical history and your breast health; when you arrive, we will ask you about these subjects.
  • Please bring your insurance card and picture identification. We take most major insurances who normally the full cost. You can check for yours here. https://www.uhnj.org/patients-visitors/transparency-in-billing/insurances-accepted/
  • Plan to arrive at the van location 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment so you can complete the registration process.
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