A mammogram is a special x-ray which shows the breast tissue. It has been established as the primary means of detecting early breast cancer. The x-ray images are reviewed by a radiologist, a doctor who specialises in the interpretation of images. The reports will be conveyed to you by your doctor at your next visit.
A female radiographer will attend to you. She will first ask a few questions regarding your medical history. During the procedure, the radiographer will request for you to undress to the waist before taking the x-ray. Each breast will then be x-rayed separately. You may experience some discomfort lasting for a few seconds while the breast is being compressed during the procedure. Compression of the breast is necessary in order to obtain a more detailed image of the structures within the breast.
Yes, it can be carried out during your period.
With modern equipment, the amount of radiation delivered to the breast is very low. The compression used during the mammogram also decreases the amount of radiation a woman is exposed to.
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.