A Mammography is a special type of X-ray imaging designed specifically to image abnormalities in the breasts and plays a major role in early detection of breast cancers. A Mammography can show changes in breasts well before a woman or her physician can feel them. Successful treatment of breast cancer depends on early diagnosis.
The X-Ray facility at Lotus provides immediate processing and the ability to enhance images.
Why is a Mammography performed?
A Diagnostic mammography is done to investigate suspicious breast changes, such as a new breast lump, breast pain, an unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or nipple discharge. It’s also used to evaluate abnormal findings on a screening mammogram.
What Happens During a Mammography?
A technician will give you a gown that ties in the front. You will be asked to remove the jewellery or any metallic objects. Depending on the testing facility, you may either stand or sit during your mammogram. Each breasts fits onto a flat X-ray plate. A compressor will then push the breast down to flatten the tissue. This provides a clearer picture of the breast. You might have to hold your breath for each picture. You may feel a small amount of pressure or discomfort, but it’s usually brief.
Digital mammograms are sometimes used if they are available. These are especially helpful for women younger than 50 years old, who typically have denser breasts than older women.
How to prepare for Mammography:
- Avoid wearing any metallic items, jewellery when you come for the test
- Bring your prior mammography images and reports with you on the day of the test
- Schedule the test for a time when your breasts are least likely to be tender
- If you haven’t gone through menopause, that’s usually during the week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be tender the week before and the week during your period.