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Your First Mammogram

Doctors in San Antonio recommend mammograms as a first line of defense against breast cancer. If your doctor has referred you to an imaging center for your first mammogram, it’s a good idea to call ahead to receive instructions. The radiologist will ask that you arrive at the imaging center wearing a comfortable, two-piece outfit. Bathe the morning of your appointment and avoid applying any lotion, deodorant, or talcum powder to the breasts and the surrounding area. You can bring these products with you to apply afterward.

Watch this video to hear a doctor explain what you can expect at your first mammogram. She discusses how the radiology technologist will position your breasts, one at a time, on a special platform. The breast is slightly compressed for several seconds to capture the image. After your appointment, you can return to your usual activities right away.