Thyra M. Humphreys Center for Breast Health

How will my mammogram be done? (What will it feel like?)

When you have a mammogram, your breast is compressed between an X-ray plate and a plastic plate. Both plates are attached to the mammogram machine. Your breasts need to be compressed to spread the tissue apart. This ensures that there will be very little movement, that the image will be sharper, and that the exam can be done with a lower radiation dose.

Although the compression can be uncomfortable for some women, it only lasts for a few seconds and is needed to produce a good mammogram image.

The entire procedure for a mammogram takes about 20 minutes.

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