Stay Well Testing Tip #1: Make the Most of Your Mammogram
Schedule your mammogram for the week after your period, and the procedure, in which each breast is compressed between two plates and X-rayed, might be a bit more comfortable and accurate, says Stacey Vitiello, MD, a radiologist with the Montclair Breast Center in New Jersey. Why? “Moving because you’re uncomfortable makes the picture less accurate,” she explains. For extra insurance, pop an ibuprofen or acetaminophen an hour before your appointment. Experts also recommend bringing any prior mammograms so the radiologist can compare past and current films. “We’re looking for changes on the mammogram, so having those comparisons helps reduce additional, unnecessary workups,” explains Constance Lehman, MD, PhD, director of breast imaging at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.