On the day of your exam do not apply underarm deodorant or powder as this may show up as an abnormality on your mammogram. If you must use powder or deodorant, please let us know before the exam so that we may provide you with wipes to remove it.
If you have had prior mammograms and breast ultrasounds at another institution, please bring them with you. These will be utilized for comparison to your new exam. Please let the radiographer know if you may be or are pregnant as special precautions may have to be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
Two days before examination: You must stop eating all fruits including: fruit yoghurts, nuts plus any food containing fruits.
One day before examination: You must follow a clear liquid diet (no milk or dairy products allowed). You may eat a light breakfast but after midday no solid foods are allowed. At 2 PM drink half bottle of Senna plus (laxative) and at 9 PM drink the rest of it, to clear out any stool particles. Drink as many glassfuls of water as desired in order to satisfy thirst. This preparation may cause multiple bowel movements. Some intestinal cramping is normal.
Day of examination: Drink at least a glass of clear liquid (water, coffee, tea of strained fruit juices) but no other breakfasts.