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What happens during a mammogram and is it painful?

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Dr. Winnie Polen
Breast Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bearable

A screening mammogram is a process that takes <15 minutes.
Your breast is compressed and flattened. 1 image is taken. Then your breast is repositioned and another image is taken. This whole process is repeated for the other breast. The compression is what makes the mammogram uncomfortable. However it is bearable. Try to have it done when your breasts are not sore.

In brief: Bearable

A screening mammogram is a process that takes <15 minutes.
Your breast is compressed and flattened. 1 image is taken. Then your breast is repositioned and another image is taken. This whole process is repeated for the other breast. The compression is what makes the mammogram uncomfortable. However it is bearable. Try to have it done when your breasts are not sore.
Dr. Winnie Polen
Dr. Winnie Polen
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Dr. Amir Faridi
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mammogram

It is imaging study of breast tissue.
It can be painful.

In brief: Mammogram

It is imaging study of breast tissue.
It can be painful.
Dr. Amir Faridi
Dr. Amir Faridi
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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology

In brief: Mammo

The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.
A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion.The compression may be uncomfortable,but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained.

In brief: Mammo

The tech will ask you to stand facing the mammo machine, and place one breast at a time on a flat surface.
A flat compression paddle will gently be lowered to compress your breast. Compression spreads out the breast tissue and eliminates motion.The compression may be uncomfortable,but shouldn't hurt. Compression usually lasts no more than a few seconds. 2 views of each breast are obtained.
Dr. Michael Gabor
Dr. Michael Gabor
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