Mammography

Screening mammography is your best chance for early detection.

Mammography, sometimes called a breast screening, is an essential diagnostic tool for breast health. With early detection, breast cancer is treatable and beatable.

Understanding mammography

Mammography uses a low dose of radiation to get high-resolution images.

Compression is used for three reasons:

  1. Separates structures within the breast to enable a more clear view of them
  2. Gives a more consistent breast thickness, to enable adequate exposure to all parts of the breast
  3. The thinner the part, the smaller the exposure (which means less radiation)

Breast Health Best Practices

  1. Breast self-exams
  2. Routine clinical breast assessment (by your health practitioner)
  3. Routine mammography

For more information, please read our blog where our radiologist helps answer commonly asked questions about Mammography.
View mammography blog

Screening Breast Exam

Screening mammography is a breast imaging exam for asymptomatic women (showing no symptoms) over the age of 40, to aid in the early detection of breast cancer.

Who can get a screening breast exam?

  • Women who are asymptomatic and between the ages of 50 and 75 do not require a doctor referral to have a mammogram
  • Women under the age of 50 and over the age of 75 who have not had a screening before must have an initial referral (only for the first mammogram)

In ALL other cases a referral is required.

Diagnostic Breast Exam

A diagnostic mammogram involves a woman having a mammogram to resolve a symptom or to follow an abnormality.

A doctor referral is required for all diagnostic mammograms including:

  • Patients with symptoms (lumps, breast pain, discharge)
  • Patients with a previous breast cancer diagnosis
  • First mammogram post-breast surgery / post-benign biopsy
  • All patients under 40
  • Men

Breast Tomosynthesis

Breast tomosynthesis, also called three-dimensional (3-D) mammography, is an advanced form of breast imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system and computer reconstructions to create three-dimensional images of the breasts.

Tomosynthesis can improve early breast cancer detection and may decrease the number of screening patients we need to call back for extra imaging.

FAQs

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.

We do not currently offer screening breast ultrasound as an alternative to mammography because we do not currently have the resources.

We don’t have the specialized staff or equipment required for these procedures outside of our main office

If you are between the age 50 of 75, and have no symptoms or history of breast cancer, then you do not need a doctors referral. You do however need to provide a doctor’s name at time of booking.