Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray to examine breast tissue, and plays an important role in the early detection of breast cancer. Screening mammography can show changes in the breast before a patient or physician can feel a lump. Diagnostic mammography refers to special views that may be performed if you feel a lump or if there are any new findings on your screening mammogram.

Breast exams are recommended annually for women over 40. If you are between 50 and 69 years old, you do not need a physician referral.

Screening & Diagnostic Mammogram

 

What do I need to do to prepare for a mammogram? 

The answers below will help you to prepare for your upcoming appointment.  

Is it OK to get a mammogram right before your period?

Avoid scheduling your appointment the week before your period. The best time for a breast exam is one week after your period.

When should I arrive for my breast exam?

Please arrive 10 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the check-in process and any necessary paperwork.

What not to do before the exam:

Please do not use deodorant, perfume, antiperspirant, lotions or body powder on the day of your exam and, if necessary, take a shower before to wash off any residue.

Do I need to tell my doctor I’m pregnant before my exam?

Always inform your doctor or the technologist if there is any possibility you are pregnant.

What clothing should I wear for my appointment? 

A 2 piece outfit if possible like a skirt, shorts or jeans with a shirt is recommended so you don’t have to fully undress when getting your examination. 

What information should I tell my doctor before my exam?

Describe any breast symptoms or problems to the technologist performing the exam.

I have premenstrual tenderness can I still get an exam? 

Screening only: If you have premenstrual tenderness, you should delay your appointment until tenderness has subsided.

 What is iCAD?

iCAD — or Computer Assisted Detection — is one of the most effective solutions for early breast cancer detection. iCAD analyzes your results and brings specific findings, if any, to the attention of the radiologist for closer inspection. We use iCAD because it can detect cancer earlier than mammography alone.

iCAD is not currently covered by Alberta Health Care. We believe, however, this service should be available to everyone, which is why we offer it to all of our patients at no cost.

Will I get my results the same day?

Know your results before you leave.

We understand the anxiety these tests can produce. If you are asked to return for additional images after a screening mammogram or if you are having a diagnostic mammogram, the results of your tests — and recommendations for further evaluation — will be discussed with you before you leave the clinic.

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