What is Mammography?
Mammography is a specialised imaging technique that uses low dose x-rays to acquire very detailed images of breast tissue. Mammography is used for general screening of breast tissue, localisation and assessment of breast lumps, and guidance for interventional investigation of breast lesions.
Preparation – What to do before a Mammogram
Bring any previous mammograms, breast ultrasounds and breast MRI films with you to your appointment.
Any preparation advice given is very important to follow. All instructions are aimed at ensuring you receive a safe and accurate examination.
The procedure – What happens during your appointment and mammogram?
The exact procedure for mammography may vary with your specific symptoms and the reason/s for your examination.
Although there may be slight variations in what you can expect when you attend your mammography appointment, as a general guideline:
Appointment length – How long can I expect to be at Southern Radiology?
Your appointment includes the time it takes to:
The vast majority of mammogram examinations take 30 minutes but in order to allow for pre- procedural steps as well as aftercare as a general rule we advise you to allow an hour for your appointment.
For examinations with additional views or ultrasound our staff will advise you of any further time requirements.
Is it safe?
Mammography uses x-rays which is a form of ionising radiation. All radiation is cumulative and has associated risks that cannot be avoided. Mammograms are only performed where it is deemed the benefit of the examination will outweigh any potential risks. Mammograms are performed with relatively low dose x-rays. Further, specially calibrated chambers on the mammography machine terminate the x-ray as soon as adequate detail has been recorded.
At Southern Radiology you can be assured that radiation doses are kept to as low as reasonably possible.
Southern Radiology is a leading diagnostic imaging provider who is committed to providing prompt and professional care to both patients and referrers. We are one of the largest medical imaging providers servicing the southern, inner western and eastern suburbs of Sydney and led by our specialist diagnostic imaging radiologists, Southern Radiology provides you comprehensive diagnostic support across all imaging modalities.
Our services include diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, cardiac CT, magnetic resonance imaging, nuclear medicine and obstetric and gynaecological imaging. The Southern Radiology network consists of private community and hospital based practices, as well as two imaging research facilities.