Mammography

broadway radiology is the only provider of breast tomosysnthesis in the manawatu region.  our team have the specialised knowledge to image and diagnose a wide range of breast disease in both woman and men

In NZ, breast cancer is the most common cancer found in women. 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer at some time in their life with 3000 women and 20 men diagnosed every year. That’s 8 women every day. 1 of these 8 will be Maori and 3 out of 10 will be under 50 years old. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ

 

Having a mammogram to find breast cancer early gives you the best possible chance of beating this disease.

 

If you have very dense breast tissue a small breast cancer can ‘hide’ and be hard to detect.  At Broadway Radiology you may be offered Breast Tomosynthesis as part of your mammography examination. This technique ‘sees through’ dense breast tissue by using state of the art equipment which allows specially trained radiologists to see the breast in 3 dimensions rather than the traditional 2 dimensional x-ray image. Your GP can tell you if this is the best type of imaging for you.

 

It is important to remember that not all breast symptoms are caused by cancer so if you have any breast problems please see your doctor or nurse. If you’re feeling shy about your breasts, or are worried about having a mammogram, you can call one of our qualified Mammographers for a confidential chat or come in and see us.

Mammography, and Breast Tomosynthesis, use low doses of X-rays to image your breasts. A mammogram can be used on its own or with ultrasound to diagnose breast disease.

 

Ladies. If you are pregnant, or think you might be please tell a member of staff before you have your mammogram. The Mammographer can then talk to you about the issues surrounding radiation and pregnancy.

 

HOW TO PREPARE FOR YOUR mammogram

There is no special medical preparation for you to do before you come for your examination. We do ask that you do not use deodorant, talc, perfume or lotion from your waist up on the day of your mammogram as these can sometimes be seen on the images.

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING YOUR EXAMINATION

  • On arrival for your mammogram, you will be greeted by the reception staff who will take you to the mammography waiting area. From there you will be collected by one of our Mammographers who will take you to the Mammography Room and explain your procedure.
  • You will be asked to fill in a questionnaire about your breast health history. The Mammographer will help you with this and answer any questions you have.
  • You will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up and put on a gown. The gowns are provided and there are private changing cubicles for you to use. The gown opens at the front as the breasts need to be uncovered whilst the images are being taken. This time is kept to the minimum necessary.
  • If you did use deodorant etc. you will be asked to remove it. Wet wipes will be available for you to do this and there is deodorant for you to re-apply before leaving if you wish.
  • The Mammographer will then position you in the mammography machine which will gently compress your breast. This is not meant to be painful, though some people who have particularly tender breasts may experience some discomfort. The Mammographer will ask if you’re okay with the pressure as it increases. Please tell them honestly how you’re feeling!
  • If your breasts are particularly tender please take your preferred form of pain relief prior to your appointment.
  • The breasts need to be compressed for several reasons:-
    • It holds the breast tissue still in order to minimise image ‘blurring’ due to motion (e.g. breathing).
    • It reduces the thickness of the breast so it takes less radiation to form an image (less dose).  It spreads and evens out the breast tissue so that any abnormality is easier to visualise and hidden by overlying tissue.
  • Usually there will be two images of each breast taken in different positions, though there may be more necessary to adequately visualise all your breast tissue.

 

AFTER YOUR EXAMINATION 

  • After your examination has been completed you may be asked to wait whilst one of our onsite, specially trained Radiologists determines whether all the necessary images have been obtained.
  • Every set of mammogram images are reported by two of our Radiologists. Once this has been done a report will be sent to your referring doctor who can discuss your results with you.

 

For any questions you may have before or after your examination, please Contact Us.  

 

 

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