A mammogram can be used as a check for people who have no symptoms (this is called a screening mammogram and is not bulk billed) or to check a breast lump / change that can be seen or felt by the referring doctor (called a diagnostic mammogram).
With patient care and comfort in mind, BR were the first to bring in the award winning Planmed Clarity “pink” mammography unit to its Bundaberg practice in late 2016, continuing the rollout of technology to Coffs Harbour in March 2017.
What to expect from your 3D Mammogram
The breast is scanned over an arch of 30 degrees, during which multiple X-ray images are taken to create a 3D image that shows tissue structures in more detail. With reduced tissue overlap in the image, cancerous cells have fewer places to hide. The compression time is slightly longer than in a 2D exam. 3D imaging supports both screening and additional work-up examinations and biopsy procedures. Mammography and breast tomosynthesis system has been designed to provide the best possible experience in all situations.
Our new 3D Mammogram provides:
- Fast, calming and reassuring exams for patients – at a low dose
- Effortless and ergonomic usability for mammographers
- High-quality 2D and 3D imaging for reliable breast cancer detection
What is the test for?
Mammography is the process of using low-dose amplitude x-rays to examine the human breast and is used as a diagnostic as well as a screening tool.
Mammography is an important tool in the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic masses and/or microcalcifications. No other imaging technique has been shown to reduce risk of breast cancer.
How is the test performed?
The radiographer will carefully place each breast in turn between two plastic plates on the x-ray machine. Compression will be applied to each breast to get a uniform thickness throughout, which is important to give a good image of the breast. The breasts are held for a few seconds while pictures are taken.
Will I feel anything?
Compression can be uncomfortable and some patients find it painful, especially if the breast is already sensitive or tender at the time of the examination. Mammograms do not harm the breasts.
How long will it take?
About 20 minutes
What is the preparation for the test?
It is best to wear a two piece outfit (skirt/pants and a top) as you will need to remove your top. Talcum powder and deodorant are NOT to be worn as this may show up on the images. If you are about to have a period you should arrange to have your mammogram after your period finishes. Bring all previous mammograms you have had at other practices.
Know What To Look For
“I felt a lump,” is a common phrase for those who have had a breast cancer diagnosis, but there are many other symptoms or warning signs to watch for:
- a new lump in your breast or underarm (armpit)
- thickening or swelling of part of your breast
- irritation or dimpling of your breast skin
- redness or flaky skin in your nipple area or your breast
- pulling in of your nipple or pain in your nipple area
- nipple discharge other than breast milk
- any change in the size or the shape of your breast
- pain in any area of your breast