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Mammography

What is a Mammography Exam?

Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray to examine the tissue of the breast. It plays a very important part in early detection and is the gold standard in breast cancer screening.

 

We utilize a advanced artificial intelligence cancer detection technology called  iCAD to provide a second set of eyes to detect abnormalities and cancer.

There are two types of mammograms:

 

  • Screening Mammograms: if your doctor requests a routine test, this is usually referred to as a Screening Mammogram. These are for women who are not experiencing any problems or symptoms with their breasts. To see if you can self-refer yourself for a Screening Mammogram, click here.
  • Diagnostic Mammograms: if you or your doctor detects a lump or any other symptom of breast cancer, your doctor will request a Diagnostic Mammogram which may include additional, more detailed images and/or breast ultrasound.

We are accredited by CAR, the Canadian Association of Radiologists, and proud to be affiliated with Alberta Health Services’ Breast Cancer Screening Program (ABCSP).

What to expect during your exam

  • After checking in and completing a questionnaire you will be shown to a change room and asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and put on a gown. You may be asked to remove jewelry if it will interfere with the exam. Please inform the technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
    • A diagnostic mammogram can take up to 30 minutes
    • A screening mammogram usually takes 15 minutes
  • Each breast will be individually imaged and positioned between 2 plastic plates so that it can be compressed and flattened. It is necessary to compress the breasts to properly perform the test. Some women may feel discomfort, however you should not experience significant pain. Two views of each breast will be taken for a screening mammogram and several more views may be taken for a diagnostic mammogram. The technologist will reposition you between views.
  • When the exam is complete, you may be asked to wait until the radiologist determines that all the necessary images have been obtained.
  • A results letter will be mailed directly to you from ABCSP. Your family doctor will receive a report from our radiologist; if you self-referred, you will need to provide your family physician’s information.

Exam Preparation

  • Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before your appointment to provide enough time to change and prepare for your examination.
  • This exam requires that you DO NOT wear any lotions/oils on the upper body, deodorant, powder or antiperspirant under your arms the day of your exam.
  • Please wear a two-piece outfit.
  • Avoid caffeine in order to reduce breast tenderness.
  • You will be asked to remove any necklaces or earrings prior to the exam.
  • Please note: if there is a chance that you are pregnant, the exam may not be possible.

Wait Times

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All of our services are fully covered by Alberta Health Care.

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We accept requisition forms from any other diagnostic imaging company.

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