Digital mammogram

A digital mammogram helps in the early detection of breast cancers that are commonly too small to feel.

Diagnosis using mammogram

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast, which is used to help find early changes in the breast and cancers that are too small to feel.

What to expect with a mammogram

You will be asked to undress to the waist and place your breast on a flat plate on the mammography unit. If both breasts are being scanned then you will be asked to place them on the unit one at a time. There will be another flat plate above your breast which will move down and your breast will be pressed in between the two plates to keep it still and allow a clear image to be taken. This may feel a little uncomfortable.

A mammogram will usually take 10 to 15 minutes. Most of the time is spent getting into position and preparing the equipment. The actual x-ray only takes a few seconds and the radiographer will operate the mammography unit from behind a screen. However, the radiographer will be able to see and hear you at all times.

To prepare for your mammogram, it is best not to use any spray-on deodorant, talcum powder, antiperspirant or perfume on your breasts, as it could affect the results.

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