At Your Mammogram Appointment, Tell Us If You've Had a COVID-19 Shot
UPDATED March 24, 2021
If you had the COVID-19 vaccine, and you have a mammogram scheduled, at your appointment you’ll need to tell the Bronson technologist the date you had the vaccine and in which arm. The reason – if there is swelling, a mammogram might falsely interpret that there is a potential sign of breast cancer and you could be called back for unnecessary additional evaluation and testing. If swelling is seen on your mammogram in the underarm on the side of vaccination within four weeks of your shot, and everything else is normal on your mammogram, you and your provider will be notified of your results but you will not be called back for more testing. You should contact your provider if you can feel underarm swelling that continues past six weeks.
According to the American Cancer Society women should get a screening mammogram every year starting at age 40. We have seven locations and three easy ways to schedule:
To learn more, visit bronsonhealth.com/mammogram.
Any imaging tests, such as an X-ray, CT or MRI, that includes your armpits should not be delayed.