Full Field Digital Screening Mammogram Procedure
Your physician has recommended a full-field, digital screening mammogram. Cedars-Sinai has a team of experienced imaging physicians who are mammography specialists and who will interpret the results of your exam. The purpose of this procedure is to evaluate your breast tissue for any abnormalities including cysts, other benign abnormalities or a malignancy.
To schedule an appointment, please call (310) 423-8000.
Before Arriving for Your Exam
You can print and fill out the Breast Imaging Questionnaire , Outside Mammogram Tracking Form , and the Patient Advisory for Mammography for Patients with Implants before arriving to speed the registration process.
It is suggested that you do not schedule your mammogram for the week before your menstrual cycle (period) as your breasts are usually very sensitive at this time.
It is important that you do not wear deodorant, perfume or talcum powder on the day of your exam.
Please leave your jewelry and valuables at home.
If you have had a previous mammogram, other than at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, please bring your previous films and reports.
Although we do not anticipate any delay in your scheduled appointment, we recommend that you bring a book, magazine or music player to help pass the time, if you do have to wait.
You will be asked to complete a Breast Imaging Questionnaire before your exam. The technologist will review this information with you and will add additional information, as necessary.
You will change into a patient gown, removing your clothes from the waist up.
During Your Exam
Once in the exam room, pictures of each breast will be taken.
Pictures are taken while applying pressure to your breast. Although the pressure may be uncomfortable, it is essential to obtain quality pictures.
Your exam will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Upon completion of your exam, the technologist will review the X-ray films and you will be free to go home.
After Your Exam
There are no restrictions placed on you after this procedure. You may eat or drive as normal.
An imaging physician will review your study and the results will be sent to your doctor with a follow-up letter to you.
An imaging physician may call you back for additional pictures. This is to ensure that any possible abnormality in your breast can be thoroughly evaluated.
In conjunction with the additional imaging, an ultrasound may also be used to evaluate an abnormality.
To request copies of your pictures on a PC and MAC compatible CD, or a copy of your report, please call (310) 423-8000 and follow the prompts for your selection.
If your exam is at 310 S. San Vicente:
The Marcia Israel Mammography Center is on the northeast corner of San Vicente and Beverly Boulevard, diagonally across from the main Cedars-Sinai Medical Center campus. The address is 310 S. San Vicente Boulevard.
Parking is available in a lot to the north of the building on San Vicente Boulevard. Parking is free with validation.
If your exam is at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center:
For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (310) 423-8000.
The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.