WHAT IS A MAMMOGRAM?
A mammogram is a specialized medical imaging examination that uses low radiation-dose X-ray system to produces an image of your breast in which radiologists use to help detect and analyze the presence of lesions (e.g. tumors, cysts, calcifications).
GLENEAGLES PENANG’S 3D MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM
Our Imaging Department is home to the revolutionary Senographe Pristina Mammography System that is reshaping the mammography experience. Our 3D mammography system boasts a more inviting and more comfortable examination with its patient-assisted compression, resulting in a better overall breast exam experience.
WHY SHOULD I GET A 3D MAMMOGRAM?
Did you know that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime? A 3D Mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis examination allows radiologists to detect the possible abnormalities in the breast at an early stage more effectively, allowing for better treatment plans.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS INVOLVED IN A MAMMOGRAPHY EXAMINATION?
Below are the steps that you will undergo during a mammography examination,
- You will be requested to remove your shirt and leave your belongings in the changing area.
- When you are ready, a female radiographer will explain about the positioning.
- The radiographer will then gently position your breast on the detector plate and show you where you can comfortably place your arms.
- Once properly positioned, your breast will be compressed to ensure the lowest possible radiation dose will be required for a precise image.
- If you are receiving a 3D mammography examination, then multiple acquisitions will be taken at different angles. This provides the radiologist greater visibility into the different layers of the breast to help them better detect abnormalities.
- On average, a 3D mammography examination lasts for a few minutes, unless additional views or examinations are required.
HOW CAN I PREPARE FOR A MAMMOGRAPHY EXAMINATION?
Prior to undergoing a mammography examination, it is imperative that you consult with your doctor regarding the do’s and don’ts. The preparatory steps are as follow.
- If you have conducted a mammogram previously, bring along the CD or film as well as the results from the previous mammogram during your mammogram examination.
- Do not use any deodorant, perfume, powder, or ointment on your breasts as the substances may interfere with the image.
Inform the radiographer, nurse or doctor if you:
- Are or might be pregnant
- Are breast-feeding
- Have breast implants
- Have previously undergone a breast biopsy
HOW DO I MAKE AN APPOINTMENT?
All outpatients going for mammography examination are required to make an appointment prior to the examination. Your appointment can be made through your referring doctor.
Our operating hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm on weekdays and 8:30am to 1:00pm on Saturdays.
For any enquiries, please call the Imaging Department directly at +604 2229133.