HOW IS THE PROCEDURE DONE? IS IT PAINFUL?
The procedure is carried out by a female radiographer and takes about half an hour to complete. During the procedure, the radiographer will position your breast and gentle compression will be made to even out the breast tissues, increase image quality and gold the breast still. Routine views taken are a top-to-bottom view and an oblique side view.
At our Centre you will experience a painless compression although some may find it just a little uncomfortable, especially if your breast is tender. Our Siemens mammogram unit is equipped with “Opcomp”, which automatically and individually senses the breast compression need to produce the ideal combination of minimal patient discomfort and best possible image quality.
After your mammogram, the films will be processed and our Radiologist will study the mammogram images and generate a report. The report will be sent to your physician who will then explain the results to you.
IS MAMMOGRAM HARMFUL?
The common belief is that since mammogram is a form of X-ray it is harmful to our body. However, the radiation dose from mammograms is rather low and hence the risk to our health remains low.