Mammogram or Mammography Test
Sirona is one of the best centers in the area that specializes in Mammography, mammo – sono (sonography or ultrasound of the breast) and biopisies if required. Our center in Prabhadevi is equipped with a state of the art Mammography machine, and reporting is done by specialist doctors that are experts in Mammography.
A mammogram is a special X-Ray of the breasts, that is used to detect breast cancer early – even before the woman experiences any symptoms at all. Breast Cancer is most treatable at stage 1, before any lumps/lesions are felt on breast self or doctor examination. Therefore, mammography is widely used as a screening test, especially for women over 40.
For women that are at average risk of developing breast cancer, with no family history of cancer: screening mammography is recommended every one to two years between the ages of 40 to 50. It is recommended every year for women above 50 years of age.
For women that are at high risk of developing breast cancer, with family history of cancer: screening mammography and other screening may be recommended before the age of 40.
Mammograms are also often prescribed by doctors to further investigate any symptoms or abnormal clinical findings the patient may have. At our center, a mammogram is usually combined with an ultrasound of the breast, also known as Sono-mammo to get a more complete diagnosis.
How the test is done:
When you have a mammogram, a skilled technologist positions and compresses your breast between two clear plates. The plates are attached to a highly specialized camera, which takes two pictures of the breast from two directions. Then the technologist repeats the technique on the opposite breast.
Mammography can be painful for some women, but for most it is mildly uncomfortable, and the sensation lasts for just a few seconds. Compressing the breast is necessary to flatten and reduce the thickness of the breast so that the X-ray beam penetrates and the quality of the mammogram is optimized.
How to prepare for a mammogram:
Pregnant women should not undergo a mammogram, so please inform the doctor if you are pregnant.
If the patient has not reached menopause, she may be asked to come for the mammogram during the time of the cycle when breasts are least tender.