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Mammography

What is a Mammogram?

A mammogram is a non-invasive high resolution low-energy digital x-ray picture that plays an essential role in the early detection and screening of breast cancer. Also called mastography, the goal of a mammography is to detect the characteristics of masses or microcalcifications.

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Symptoms & Diagnosis

Screening mammography.

Regular screening mammography can help detect cancer before clinical signs are noticeable.

Diagnostic mammography.

We are aware of the urgency to be seen for a mammogram when you are experiencing symptoms such as a lump, pain, discharge, etc. This is why we have made it possible to be able to accommodate diagnostic mammograms within 10 business days.

Additional investigation using diagnostic mammography is used to assess suspicious breast changes, such as a new breast lump, breast pain, an unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or nipple discharge. It may also follow a screening mammogram if it had suspicious findings.

  • Before

    For this appointment, you will need to remove any deodorant, powder, perfumes and creams. Please be aware that some patients may be asked to return for extra views. This does not necessarily mean that there is a cause for concern.

  • During

    The images are taken in an upright position with one breast at a time being placed between two x-ray plates. The plates are gradually positioned to compress breast tissue which ensures the best quality image. Once in place, two images are taken of each breast. One image is taken from top to bottom and the other is from side to side.

  • After

    Once the test is complete your breasts may be tender temporarily however you will be able to return to your normal activities.

  • Results

    The images will be interpreted by a radiologist who will share the results with your referring doctor. It is suggested to schedule a follow-up appointment with your doctor to ensure that a clear explanation of the results is provided.

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