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What is a mammogram?

​A mammogram is a specialised x-ray providing a detailed view of breast tissue, primarily used for early breast cancer detection. These x-ray images are evaluated by a radiologist, a specialist in image interpretation. The report will be shared with you during your next visit. 

What to expect during the mammogram?

​You will be attended to by a female radiographer who will start by discussing your medical history. For the procedure, you need to undress from the waist up. Each breast will be individually x-rayed. Mild discomfort lasting a few seconds might be experienced during breast compression, necessary for detailed image capture of the breast structures. 

Can a mammogram be carried out during my period?

​Yes, it can be performed during your menstrual period.  

What are the risks involved?

​With modern equipment, the amount of radiation delivered to the breast is very low. The compression technique used during mammograms further decreases this exposure. 

What should I do if I would like to have my mammogram done?

​Following a consultation with our breast specialist, a mammogram will be scheduled for you if you are deemed suitable. To book a consultation at the Breast Care Centre or for more details on our services and specialists, click here.  

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