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Mammography

Early detection of breast cancer.

* Requires very small doses of Radiation.

Mammography is still the Gold standard world wide for detecting Breast Cancer; thus the successful breast screening programs adopted in many countries including Australia.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mammogram?

A Mammogram is a detailed x-ray of the breast(s) usually involving two views of each breast taken by a qualified and highly trained Mammographer.

Do I need any preparation before I have a Mammogram?

Yes, please avoid wearing talcum powder and/or deodorant as compounds within these products can be picked up by the imaging equipment and diminish the accuracy of the images taken.

What happens during the examination?

You will be asked to change into a gown provided, removing top and bra. For each projection, your breast is placed onto a platform then compression is applied to hold the breast in position whilst the exposure is taken. This process allows for better definition by spreading out overlapping glandular tissue. You may feel mild discomfort for only a few seconds. The compression does not damage the breast tissue.

What happens after the examination?

When the examination is complete, your Mammogram films will be ready for you to collect from the reception desk, roughly within 15 mins. A Radiologist's report and your images are electronically sent to your referring Doctor, usually within the same day.

Can I have a Mammogram if I have breast implants?

Patients with Breast Implants can still have a mammogram. Different techniques and projections are employed with the examination taking a little longer. The Implant is NOT compressed during the examination.

Where can I get this examination performed?

X-ray and Imaging Caloundra, performs Diagnostic Breast Imaging including 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography and high resolution Ultrasound scanning; and actively follows the guidelines of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists’ Mammography Quality Assurance Program for Digital Mammography Accreditation.

We perform Mammography Scans at our Caloundra location.
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