Mammography Section operates on regular office hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Mondays thru Saturdays with the cut-off time of 4:45 pm, whether in or out-patient depending on the remaining number of patients that has to be done/performed. Otherwise elective procedures will be scheduled on the following working day.
The section is staffed with Licensed/Board Certified Radiologists and Radiology Technologists.
SENOGRAPHE DS Digital Mammography Machine is a cutting-edge digital technology that quickly detects and diagnoses breast cancer comfortably and fast.
Mammography is a simple X-ray of the breast that can spot cancers so small that even the most experienced examiner cannot feel them. The test itself uses X-rays to view the breast, usually from two angles. To get as accurate a picture as possible in each X-ray, a special device gently squeezes the breast. Although this may sound painful, it is only slightly uncomfortable and the length of time the breast is compressed is just a few seconds. Studies have shown that mammogram saves lives. With mammography, we can detect early breast cancer before it is large enough to be felt.
WHY SHOULD I GET MAMMOGRAM?
The purpose of mammogram screenings is to find subtle abnormality before they become big lesion.. Ignoring the risk of breast cancer does not diminish it. The difference in quality and quantity of life in women whose cancers are detected before they cause symptoms, and those that aren’t, is reason enough to have a mammogram. Mammography, combined with physical examination, could reduce the breast cancer mortality rate by over 40 percent. The facts are that the risk of breast cancer increases with age. So the older you get, the more chances you have of developing breast cancer. Unfortunately, the incidence of breast cancer is also increasing in younger women. That is why screening should begin at age 40.
The first mammogram serves as a baseline or as a “comparison.” The purpose of regular mammograms is to make sure that everything stays the same and that nothing new develops. This is one of the ways to find those tiny cancers that cannot be felt.
The American Cancer Society and numerous other medical groups have determined that women age 40 and older should have a yearly mammogram.
Women who have a family history of breast cancer should have mammograms more often (most recommend yearly after age 30).
Other risk factors include other types of cancer such as colon cancer and uterine cancer.
Women with no children or who have their first child after age 30 are also at a higher risk for breast cancer.
SAFETY AND ACCURACY:
Mammography has been used on millions of women for over 25 years. Like all X-rays, it involves limited exposure to radiation; but the amount required is small. Because of advances in all areas of mammography, the radiation dose has been dramatically reduced. Radiation exposure to the breasts during mammography is less than that received by sitting on the beach all day in the bright sun. This amount of radiation will not increase the incidence of breast cancer. This is recommended for all women at age 40 to 65 in all countries.