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A mammogram is a low-dose, digital X-ray of the breast tissue using computer-aided detection (CAD) to help radiologists identify abnormalities in breast tissue. A mammogram can be used for screening purposes to look for changes in the breast tissue of a woman who isn’t experiencing any symptoms. If symptoms are present such as a lump or pain, a mammogram can also be used for diagnostic purposes.

The age to start screening for breast cancer depends upon your individual risk factors. Talk to your doctor to evaluate your breast cancer risk to decide when you should begin getting mammograms.

3D Mammography (Tomosynthesis)

UConn Health is proud to be the first healthcare provider in the region to offer women the latest technology in the fight against breast cancer.

Early detection is the best defense you have against breast cancer. 3D mammography or tomosynthesis provides doctors with a clearer, more detailed view of breast tissue and can lead to easier and earlier breast cancer detection. The state-of-the-art technology takes images of the breast from multiple angles and helps radiologists pinpoint the size, shape, and location of abnormalities. 3D mammography helps doctors:

  • Detect abnormalities that aren’t detected by traditional mammograms
  • Deliver more detail and accuracy providing women with more peace of mind
Patient being assisted by a nurse during a mammogram.

Preparing For Your Exam

In addition to our general preparation instructions, please refrain from using the following on the breasts or underarm areas before your mammogram:

  • Deodorant or Antiperspirant
  • Creams or Lotions
  • Perfumes
  • Powders
  • During Your Exam

You will be given a gown to wear and asked to remove all clothing and jewelry from the waist up. During the mammogram, you will stand in front of an X-ray machine while the technologist places your breast between two plastic plates. The plates flatten your breast to produce a clear picture of the tissue inside.

After Your Exam

The results of your mammogram will be available within 24-72 hours. Your ordering physician may contact you with the results. If you do not receive results from your physician, please call us at 860-480-1981.

A radiologist may request additional imaging or an ultrasound to get a closer look at a particular area of the breast. This is most often done to clarify overlying normal breast tissue or to enlarge areas of calcification. If further study is needed, you will receive a letter in the mail.


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the Beekley Imaging Center at UConn Health at 860-679-2784.