A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast.  It is important to know that mammograms are not perfect, as approximately 10-15 percent of breast cancers will not be seen on a mammogram.  However, when used in conjunction with regular breast exams by your doctor and breast self-examination, mammograms can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages when it can best be treated.  

In preparation for your mammogram, please:

  • Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of the exam as these can mimic calcifications on the mammogram.
  • If prior mammograms were performed at another facility, you should obtain your prior mammograms and reports and bring them with you at the time of the current exam.


Exam offered at the following locations:

Breast Imaging at CFAM
North Shore-LIJ Imaging at Glen Cove
North Shore-LIJ Imaging at Great Neck
Franklin Hospital
Huntington Hospital
Plainview Hospital
Southside Hospital
The Bohlsen Women's Imaging Center 

Last Update

April 12, 2011
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