The process of a mammogram is the same regardless of whether you are having a 2D or a 3D exam: You will change into a gown that opens in the front, and a specially trained and certified technologist will take care of you during your mammography exam. The technologist will position you and place your breast on a platform, compressing it with a paddle made of plexiglass and will gradually apply pressure until the breast is fully compressed. Please inform the technologist if you experience sudden or sharp discomfort during your imaging, or if there is a chance you could be pregnant. To lessen the discomfort of a mammogram, our staff uses a pad between you and the mammography machine. The imaging itself takes just a few moments but the entire process takes 20 minutes.