Consultants who perform this procedure
There is also the option of doing a mammogram with tomosynthesis.
Why would I need a digital mammogram?
Since a digital mammogram can detect breast cancer in its very early stages, you might undergo one even if you have not experienced any symptoms that can indicate breast cancer.
However, your specialist could recommend that you undergo a breast ultrasound if you’ve noticed any of the following symptoms:
- A lump in your breast
- Discharge from your nipples
- A change in the shape of your breast
- A change in appearance to your nipple
- Your breast skin has become dimpled
- A lump or swelling in the armpit
- A rash around or on your nipple
- Breast pain
What symptoms does a digital mammogram address?
A digital mammogram doesn’t address any symptoms, but is rather a screening that is done to detect breast cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable.
When should you speak to your specialist about a digital mammogram?
If you are over 40, have a history of breast cancer in your family, or are concerned about any changes to your breasts or have any of the symptoms listed above, you might consider talking to your specialist about the possibility of undergoing a digital mammogram.
How is a digital mammogram with tomosynthesis performed?
A digital mammogram takes approximately 10 minutes.
During the procedure, your breasts will be placed on a platform and compressed while an x-ray captures images from a variety of angles. These x-rays can show any abnormalities in your breasts that could be an indication of breast cancer.
What is the recovery for a digital mammogram?
There is no real recovery from a digital mammogram, as it is a very safe and simple procedure.
If you have any questions about what you can expect after your digital mammogram, you should discuss them with your specialist.
Are there any risks/complications associated with a digital mammogram?
You should not experience any risks or complications after your digital mammogram? However, there is always a slightly elevated risk of cancer due to exposure to radiation, and in some cases it’s possible to receive a false positive result from the exam.
If you do experience anything after your digital mammogram that is giving you cause for concern, you should speak to your specialist.
How can I prepare for a digital mammogram?
There is very little preparation for a digital mammogram. As you will need to remove all clothes from above your waist, you might want to consider wearing clothes that are easy to remove on the day of your procedure.
Your specialist will advise you of any specific preparations that you should make in advance of your digital mammogram.
Are there alternatives for a digital mammogram?
You might choose to undergo a mammogram with tomosynthesis. You should speak to your specialist to see whether this might be an option for you.