Mammography

A valuable and life saving examination for women

A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray of the breast. Mammograms are performed for two major reasons:

a) First in women with breast symptoms, to detect a possible cause for their symptoms (a diagnostic mammogram), and

b) Secondly, to detect early signs of breast cancer in women who do not have breast symptoms (a screening mammogram). The x-ray dose from a mammogram is very low. It has not been proven to cause any harmful effects.

At our clinic we use an advanced technology digital mammography equipment to ensure you are exposed to the minimum amount of radiation needed to obtain high quality images.

 

Please bring any previous mammograms or ultrasound you may have with you on the day of your examination.

 

If you have had prior mammograms and breast ultrasounds at another institution, please bring them with you on the day of your appointment. These will be utilized for comparison to your new exam. Please do not wear any talcum powder or deodorant as this may show up as an abnormality on your mammogram. Please let the radiographer know if you think you might be pregnant as special precautions may have to be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.
You will be required to undress to the waist. Each breast will be positioned between two flat plates and compressed. The compression will be firm and may be uncomfortable; however, it should only last a few seconds whilst the x-ray is being taken. Initially two images will be taken of each breast but further images may be required.