Digital Mammography is now available at "Breast Clinic" for complete breast examination and early detection of breast cancer.
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to examine breasts. A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseses in women. Mammograms are used as a screening tool to detect and dignose breast disese in women experiencing no symptoms such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge.
Mammography plays a centeral part in early detection of breast cancers because it can show changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them. Current guidlines recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40.
Indications for Mammography1. Screening asymptomatic women.
2. Diagnostic mammography is symptomatic women.
- Breast lump.
- Nipple discharge/retraction.
- Paget's disease.
- Follow up of post mastectomy (contralateral breast).
- Follow up partial mastectomy (ipsilateral breast).
- Strong family history of breast cancer.
- Reassurance in cancerophobic.
- Large pendulous breast difficult to evaluate clinically.
- Upto 40years - No screening.
- 40-49years - every 1 to 2years.
- 50years and above - every year.
- Annual physical examination.
- If the patient has 1st degree relative with breast cancer the screening must be started 10yrs earlier.