About Your Mammogram
Mammography is a safe, low-dose X-ray image of the breast that allows early detection of breast cancer. The American College of Radiology recommends that women should have a baseline mammogram between ages 35 and 40. Thereafter, they should have one every year. The younger a women is, the faster a cancer can grow. Therefore, is women have a mammogram annually, cancer an usually be detected in its early stages.
Preparing For Your Mammogram
Do not use deodorant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or near your breasts on the day of your mammogram. Please have available the name, address, and phone number of any facility where you have had a prior mammogram and/or bring those films with you for comparison.
IDI offers education services to every mammography patient, including a video of breast self-examination, a breast model that patients can use for practice, and breast self-examination information. Our board-certified mammography technologists are trained in breast self-examination and can answer any related questions. Our mammography program is certified through the American College of Radiology.
During Your Mammogram
During your exam, you will be positioned in front of a special X-ray machine. One at a time, your breasts will be pressed momentarily between an adjustable platform and a clear plate. Some brief pressure is necessary to flatten the breast in order to get the clearest picture. The entire exam typically takes 15-20 minutes.
After Your Mammogram
A radiologist will interpret the images produced from your exam and will forward a report to your physician. Your physician will inform you of the results and you will also receive a letter from our mammography department.
2829 University Drive South, Suite 102
Fargo, ND 58103
Directions to IDI Fargo From I-94:
Exit off I-94 at Exit 351 and go 7 blocks South. IDI is located in the University Medical Center office building on the West side of University Drive (on the frontage road one block South of Baker Nursery).
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