Health Information FAQs How do I dress for my mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy?How do I dress for my DEXA scan? When and how will I get my results? I need to bring my films to the doctor. How do I get them? When should I have my first mammogram? Why can’t I have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram? How do I dress for my mammogram, ultrasound or biopsy?
It is best to wear a two-piece outfit, as you will need to change from the waist up. Also, try not to wear deodorants, lotions or powders around the breast area or under your arms on the day of the exam. How do I dress for my DEXA scan?
Dress light, and try to avoid clothes that have metal (zippers, snaps, grommets) around the waist or hips. If your clothing interferes with the test, we will have you change for the exam. When and how will I get my results?
Your physicians who ordered the test will receive the medical record and provide you with the results. For mammograms and breast ultrasounds, you will also receive a result letter in the mail. I need to bring my films to the doctor. How do I get them?
Please call our Film Library at (603) 663-6449 to request the films. They do request a 24-hour notice whenever possible. Make sure you bring an ID with you when you come to get the images. If you are sending anyone else to pick up these films, make sure they have written permission from you with them. When should I have my first mammogram?
The American Cancer Society and American College of Radiology guidelines are for women between the ages of 35-40 to have their first screening mammogram, and yearly after that. If you are having a breast problem or have a strong family history of breast cancer, please discuss this with your doctor, as a mammogram maybe warranted. Generally, we try not to perform mammograms on patients under 30. Why can’t I have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram?
Ultrasound is a great tool, but not a replacement for a mammogram. We generally use ultrasound to evaluate a problem, lump, something seen on the mammogram, or possibly pain. For women under 30 with a problem, we will generally start with the ultrasound. Ultrasound does not see some of the very small signs of early problems that a mammogram can see. Helpful Links