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Mammography

DEFINITION

Mammography or a Mammogram is a test that uses low-level x-rays to find abnormal areas in the breast.


DESCRIPTION

Mammography can detect small tumours that may not be able to be felt by a woman or her Doctor. Mammography can also show other changes in breast tissue and can be referred to later for comparison.
Screening Mammograms are performed on women with no symptoms, to detect breast cancer at an early stage. The American Cancer Society recommends that women have their first mammogram between the ages of 35 and 40, then every one to two years between the ages of 40 and 49 and then once a year after the age of 50.
Diagnostic mammograms are performed on women who have breast symptoms that need to be investigated.

THE PROCEDURE

- You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and you will be given an examination garment to wear.
- You will be positioned at the Mammography machine - seated, standing or lying down.
- Your breast will be positioned on the machine with pressure applied to compress the tissue. This may cause some discomfort, but will not last long.
- Each breast may be X-rayed several times from above and from the side.


TREATMENT OPTIONS

See the other topics within the Breast Cancer group on the Healthpoint for further information on breast self examination, breast examination by your Doctor and mammograms.