Mammography

  • A mammogram is a specialised form of x-ray that looks specifically at the breast tissue.

  • It uses a much lower dose of x-rays than that used for normal x-rays.

  • Most women should have their first mammogram at the age of 40. If you have any changes in your breast, or if breast cancer runs in your family, your doctor may request a mammogram earlier than the age of 40.

  • A mammogram is utilised for the diagnosis of breast cancer and helps to distinguish non-cancerous problems of the breast from cancer. At BR&P we combine a mammogram with an ultrasound examination of both breasts. Tomosynthesis is now also offered at all our sites.

  • Ultrasound without mammography may be used as an alternative to mammography but is less sensitive in detection of abnormalities & is preferred for the younger patients.

  • Mammography is complemented by Breast Self Examination. At BRP, mammograms are routinely done with a breast Ultrasound and Tomosynthesis.

  • How to Prepare for your Mammogram:

    • Bring your previous mammogram to your appointment so that the Radiologist can compare the images.
    • Avoid using any deodorant or powder on the day of your mammogram

  • Monthly Breast Self-exam:

    • This is an essential preventative test that all women should get into the habit of performing.
    • This is best done in the bathroom or other private space while sitting or standing in front of a mirror.