A mammogram is an X-ray imaging test that examines breast health. It is the most efficient tool to help detect breast cancer, especially at its earliest stage.

It is recommended that women who are age 40 and older should have a mammogram every 1 to 2 years. The American Cancer Society recommends regular screening beginning at age 45.

There are two types of mammograms:

1. A screening mammogram is a mammogram usually done for women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Regular screening mammograms can help reduce the number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40 to 74.

2. A diagnostic mammogram is done for people who have a lump or other signs or symptoms of breast cancer. The signs can include breast pain, thickening of the skin of the breast, nipple discharge, or a change in breast size or shape.

Tips to prepare for a mammogram:

You should avoid applying the following substances, which can show up as white spots on the image;

– deodorants
– body powders
– perfumes
– ointments or creams on your breasts or underarms

Try not to have your mammogram the week before you get your period or during your period. Your breasts may be tender or swollen then.

Yes, mammograms are safe.

As with any type of X-ray, you’re receiving exposure to a very small amount of radiation during mammography. Our digital Mammogram is a scanning system that uses direct digital, photon counting technology to provide low radiation dose and excellent image quality.

For more information about Breast Cancer or Mammography, contact us on 457 1515 or on 5 7571515.