Digital mammogram

 

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.

The advantages of digital mammography

Digital mammography is an advanced form of breast screening technology, which uses computer imaging rather than x-ray films. The technology allows consultants to view the images immediately, rather than waiting for films to be produced. They can also spot very small calcifications, enabling them to make a clear and accurate diagnosis, quickly.

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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