Mammography is an X-ray based diagnostic exam for the female (and if necessary male) breast. The radiologist is looking for tissue asymmetries, microcalcifications or anything that might be suspicious for cancer or could cause you discomfort. Mammography can also be used to monitor the remaining breast tissue after surgery. Normally, the breast tissue is imaged in two views: the cranio-caudal and the mediolateral-oblique view. This enables the radiologist to get a better understanding of the three-dimensional structure of the breast tissue and helps locating suspicious lesions or dissolves previous concerns. There are very strict, international quality criteria when it comes to mammograms. Our technologists underwent positioning re-training in summer 2017 and always aim at receiving the best possible imaging quality for you.
Breast tomosynthesis is a special kind of mammography that produces a 3-dimensional image of the breast by using several low dose x-rays obtained at different angles. For tomosynthesis, the breast is positioned in the same way as for a mammogram but the x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast. The 3D images better discern different overlapping tissue, making detection of cancers or abnormalities easier. This is especially relevant for younger women with denser breast tissue.
Studies show that breast tomosynthesis outperforms traditional mammography. The recall rates showed a reduction of about 40%. If you want to read more about the technology – click here.
The state-of-the-art system we have at CTMH Doctors Hospital Imaging, allows for pain free mammograms. The pressure used in the exam is just enough to hold the tissue in place so there is no movement while the procedure takes place.
The new software upgrade allows us to significantly reduce the radiation dose employed for screening mammograms. It has never been that safe and comfortable to get your mammogram. Read more here.