BREAST CANCER INDIA

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DIAGNOSIS OF BREAST CANCER


MAMMOGRAPHY

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What is mammography

A mammogram or a mammograph is a special type of x ray of the breast and the procedure is called as mammography. A mammography unit is a rectangular box that houses the tube in which x-rays are produced. The unit is used exclusively for x-ray exams of the breast. It has a compression paddle to position the breast properly.

Instructions before undergoing mammography

You must always keep the following points in mind before undergoing mammography:

The procedure of mammography

Mammography is performed on an outpatient basis. The procedure takes about 15 minutes. During mammography, the technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit on a special platform and is then compressed with a paddle. Many women find having a mammography uncomfortable or even painful, but this is normally just for a short time. However, some women may find that the pain or soreness lasts for a few days.
Why is compression necessary?

Usually 2 views are taken for each breast. i.e in all 4 radiographs are obtained. Additional views like magnification view, Cleopatra view or compression mammograms may be acquired, if required, depending from person to person.

Disadvantages of mammography

Advantages of a screening mammography