The Center for Diagnostic Imaging Explains What People Should Discuss With Their Radiologist Before an Exam or Mammogram

The Center for Diagnostic Imaging explains which important questions patients should ask their healthcare provider before beginning a medical imaging appointment, as well as important tips that outline the mammogram process.

Discuss any drug-related allergies with your radiologist

Some people may experience adverse effects when exposed to radiation, tracer dyes, sedation or medical imaging procedures in general. When patients are proactive in informing any contraindications, they maximize the opportunity for the successful outcome of their procedure. 

Similarly, it's a good idea for patients to be clear about any drugs they are taking. For the most part, drugs will not have any serious interaction with an imaging procedure, but it's always wise to be vigilant.

Preparation Tips for Mammograms

To prepare for a mammogram, patients must first describe any problems they are experiencing with their breasts to their radiologist. It is important to outline any family history with breast cancer, or if they are pregnant or breastfeeding. 

What Happens During a Mammogram

During a mammogram, the physician will ask the patient to undress above their waist, and will typically provide them with a wrap to wear. The procedure itself typically lasts only 20 minutes, and some people may be uncomfortable during it.

How Often Should People Get a Mammogram?

Mammograms are required when a lump is discovered in one or more breasts. Doctors recommend that women who have had breast cancer appear in their immediate family get tested regularly between the ages of 40 and 50, and even earlier. Women should look for any change in the size and shape of their breasts, changes in the nipple such as redness or ulcers on the surface. Sometimes, the nipples can discharge liquid without squeezing them. That can also be a cause for concern.

About CDI: The center is owned and operated by a team of board-certified physicians and staff determined to be South Florida's premier imaging series. CDI is dedicated to serving the healthcare needs of the community through the use of the most highly advanced technology and techniques currently available within the imaging industry. As a premier imaging center in Miami, CDI offers CT scans in Miamimammograms in Miami, and MRI in Miami Beach.

Source: The Center for Diagnostic Imaging

Categories: Radiology and Medical Imaging

Tags: mammograms, medical imaging, preventative care

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