What is a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray examination of the breast. Mammograms are performed for two major reasons:
- In women with breast cancer symptoms, to detect a possible cause for their symptoms (diagnostic mammogram).
- To detect early signs of breast cancer in women who do not have breast symptoms (screening mammogram).
The radiation dose from a mammogram is very low and considered very safe. The latest and most advanced digital mammogram equipment from Europe, available with us provides superior quality diagnostic images at even lower doses of radiation.
How is a Mammogram performed?
The Mammography test is performed by a specially trained, experienced female radiographer. You will be required to undress to the waist and will be given a loose-fitting gown to wear. Each breast will be positioned between two flat plates, whilst the x-ray is taken. Initially two images will be taken of each breast.
On the day of your appointment, please bring all previous mammograms and breast ultrasound reports with you. Wear a two piece outfit preferably and please do not wear talcum powder or deodorant as this may show up as an abnormality on your mammogram. Please let your radiographer know if you may be or are pregnant.
Who should have a mammogram?
The risk of breast cancer increases with age, especially after the age of 50 years. It is suggested that women over the age of 40 years without breast symptoms have a screening mammogram every two years. There is no proven benefit for women under 40 years to have routine screening mammograms unless if you are at high risk or have a very strong family history of breast cancer (e.g. multiple affected family members). Your doctor can tell you if you are in the latter group.