What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:
- Deodorant, perfume, powders, or ointments applied to the breasts or under the arms before the test. They may interfere with the X-ray pictures.
- Breast implants or scar tissue from previous breast surgery. This may make a mammogram harder to interpret.
A mammogram is not usually done if you are:
- Pregnant, because the radiation could damage your developing baby (Reference fetus Opens New Window). If a mammogram is absolutely needed for diagnosing a problem, a lead apron will be placed over your abdomen to shield your baby from exposure to the X-rays.
- Breast-feeding, because breasts that contain milk are very difficult to examine.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference November 1, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Kirtly Jones, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology