Mammography is a special imaging of the breasts using a low-dose X-ray system. It is used to aid in the diagnosis of breast diseases in women. Together with physical breast examination, it has proven to be the safest and most effective method to screen for early breast cancer.
Common uses of Mammogram:
- Screening mammography is used to look for possible breast cancer when you are well and have no obvious breast symptoms. It is recommended to do the scan every year for women aged 40 and above and recommended to do the scan every two years for women aged 50 and above.
- Diagnostic mammography is used when there is a breast symptom such as breast pain, a lump or discharge from the nipple.
Preparations for Mammogram:
- If you are pre-menopausal, book your appointment during the mid-menstrual cycle when your breasts are usually less tender.
- Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms on the day of examination.
- Inform the radiographer of any significant past medical history before the start of the examination.
- Bring your old mammogram films, if any, for comparison.