Service of Narula Diagnostic (MAMMOGRAPHY)

MAMMOGRAPHY

A mammogram is a specific type of breast exam used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women. This quick medical exam uses a noninvasive X-ray targeted to each breast, producing pictures that your doctor can use to identify and treat any abnormal areas, possibly indicating the presence of cancer.

Annual mammograms can detect cancer early when it is most treatable. In fact, mammograms show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Mammograms can also prevent the need for extensive treatment for advanced cancers and improve chances of breast conservation. Current guidelines from the American College of Radiology, the American Cancer Society, and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend that women receive annual mammograms starting at age 40 even if they have no symptoms or family history of breast cancer.

 

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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Investigation

Instruction

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 t

Nil..

2

MAMMOGRAPHY + ULTRASOUND BREAST PACKAGE (BOTH BRAEST)

Nil..

3

MAMMOGRAPHY BOTH BREAST

Only Prior Appointment preferred. Bring old records. No fasting required. Do not use deodorant & talc..

4

MAMMOGRAPHY SINGLE SIDE WITH ETRA FILMS

Nil.

5

MAMMOGRAPTHY SINGLE BREAST

Only Prior Appointment preferred. Bring old records. No fasting required. Do not use deodorant & talc..