Medical Services

Mammogram tips

Tips for scheduling and undergoing a mammogram:

  • If you are still having menstrual cycles, please schedule your mammogram soon after a period to avoid excessive breast tenderness.
  • If you are breastfeeding, please wait at least three months after stopping breastfeeding to have your mammogram.
  • Please plan to arrive at the Breast Imaging Center 15 minutes early and bring your doctor order and insurance card(s).
  • Wear comfortable clothes, preferably a separate top and bottom.
  • Avoid wearing underarm deodorant, lotions, or powders as these products may show up on the mammogram. We provide deodorant pads for use after each exam.
  • It may be helpful to take a mild over-the-counter pain reliever one-hour before your exam, as the compression used during the mammogram may cause some discomfort.
  • If you had a previous mammogram at a different facility, it may be necessary for you to bring the report and/or films with you or have it sent ahead of time. Please ask the Breast Imaging Center staff.

The results of your mammogram will be sent to your doctor in 2-3 working days. You will also receive the results in the mail within two weeks.

To make an appointment for a mammogram, call either of these locations:
Breast Imaging Center, 319-339-3948
Corridor Radiology, 319-545-7310

Click here to view the American Cancer Society guidelines for the early detection of breast cancer.