A 40-year-old patient is undergoing a mammogram for screening for breast cancer. Which information should the nurse give to the patient while undergoing this procedure?

 

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- Do not use deodorant in the morning of the procedure

- Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the procedure

- Wear a long-sleeved shirt when coming in for the procedure

- Do not shave under the arms before having the procedure

Rationale

When undergoing a mammogram, a patient should be counseled to avoid using antiperspirant or deodorant under the arms, as this could interfere with the machine's ability to get a good image. Other factors that may interfere include breast implants and hormonal breast changes associated with the woman's menstrual period.

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