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Radiology - Mammography

Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

WHY MAMMOGRAPHY AT Star Imaging & Path Lab?
An x-ray (radiograph) is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body. X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.

Screening Mammography
Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. Research has shown that annual mammograms lead to early detection of breast cancers, when they are most curable and breast-conservation therapies are available.

FAQ's

Q. What is mammography?

Mammography is x-rays of the breasts so as to enable one to detect early breast cancer

Q. Does mammography itself cause breast cancer because of radiation?

The radiation effect on the breasts decreases exponentially after 35 years of age. The only precaution to be taken is that the patient should be sure that she is not pregnant.

Q. Does the procedure of mammography cause pain?

With newer equipment very little discomfort is felt by the patient. The patient should preferably come after the period is over, as the likelihood of pain will be the least. However there will be no changes in the findings on mammography during any stage of the menstrual cycle.

Q. What is sonomammography? Why do mammography when everything is seen on sonomammography?

Sonomammography is sonography of the breasts. It is usually done as a complementary procedure to mammography. It helps in distinguishing a cystic mass from a solid mass. Cysts are usually benign. Mammography is required as the earliest of cancers are seen only on this modality.

Q. Can one definitely tell whether a mass is benign or malignant?

It is not possible to tell 100% whether a mass is benign tor malignant on either mammography or sonography. To be 100% sure, a biopsy is required. Sonography and mammography, both together are 95% accurate in diagnosing a lesion.

Q. If a close relative has breast cancer, what are the chances of a person getting it?

The chances are 5-15% if it is a first degree relative particularly on the maternal side. The person is at a high risk & should start doing mammography 10-15 years earlier than the age at which the relative got breast cancer.

Q. How does breast cancer usually present itself?

Breast cancer usually presents itself as a lump. Therefore a patient should regularly do a monthly self-breast examination particularly after the period is over. Sometimes there might be a bloody nipple discharge. Occasionally in 10% of the patients, is there is associated pain.

Preparations


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1 Breast cancer usually presents itself as a lump. Therefore a patient should regularly do a monthly self-breast examination particularly after the period is over. Sometimes there might be a bloody nipple discharge. Occasionally in 10% of the patients, is tNil..
2 MAMMOGRAPHY + ULTRASOUND BREAST PACKAGE (BOTH BRAEST)Nil..
3 MAMMOGRAPHY BOTH BREASTOnly Prior Appointment preferred. Bring old records. No fasting required. Do not use deodorant & talc..
4 MAMMOGRAPHY SINGLE SIDE WITH ETRA FILMSNil.
5 MAMMOGRAPTHY SINGLE BREASTOnly Prior Appointment preferred. Bring old records. No fasting required. Do not use deodorant & talc..