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BREAST CARE CENTER - DIAGNOSTIC TESTING


About The Center

Stony Brook University Breast Care Center
CONTACT INFO
Carol M. Baldwin
Breast Care Center
3 Edmund D. Pellegrino Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center Phone 631-638-1000
Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center Fax 631-444-6348
Carol M. Baldwin Breast Care Center Map & Directions Map & Directions
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Diagnostic Testing

Mammography

Mammography Mammography is an X-ray of your breasts. It helps find breast cancer and other breast problems.
Mammography can show:

  • lumps that may be cancer (most are not!)
  • breast changes that could lead to cancer
  • breast lumps before you or your health-care provider can feel them

When Should I Have a Mammogram?

All women should have a mammogram:

  • once by age 40.
  • every 1-2 years between ages 40 and 49.
  • every year after age 50.

How Do I Get Ready for a Mammogram?

Try to pick a day of the month when your breasts are not tender.
Follow these special instructions:

  • You must have a prescription from your referring physician.
  • If your prior films were not taken at this facility, make sure you have them the day of the exam.
  • Do not wear deodorant or powder. This can show up on your films.
  • Screening mammograms are read approximately 1-2 weeks after your exam. Diagnostic mammograms are read while you wait.

What Is Involved?

The test is simple and quick:

  1. You will undress above the waist. The technologist will give you a gown and take your prior history. Then you will be positioned at the mammography machine.
  2. Your breast will be compressed between 2 plastic plates. You may feel a little discomfort for a few seconds.
  3. X-rays will be taken. One will be taken from the top. Then one will be taken from the side. Your other breast will be X-rayed the same way.
Results are usually ready in a week to 10 days.




Important Note:

The Stony Brook Medicine University Physicians website is primarily an informational and educational resource. It should not be used in place of medical advice and recommendations you receive from your health care provider. If you have, or suspect that you have a medical problem or condition, please seek the advice of your health care provider.


Stony Brook Medicine University Physicians provides marketing advice and consultation to the clinical Faculty associated with the University Faculty Practice Corporations (UFPCs). It does not provide medical care directly or indirectly nor does it oversee, direct, manage or supervise the medical care provided by any of the individual Practices. The individual Practices are responsible for the medical care each Practice provides to its patients. Please note that the Practices listed below are separate University Faculty Practice Corporations (UFPCs).