Mammography is a safe radiological method of breast examination. It is the only method to date that is scientifically proven to be the best at diagnosing asymptomatic breast cancer i.e., one that cannot be detected with palpation/self-examination and does not have any clinical manifestations. Some tumor features may only be identified with an X-ray (for instance, microcalcifications). So, ignoring mammography means to consciously put yourself in danger.
The modern digital mammography technique is superior to the outdated analog technology.
Tomosynthesis is an additional option of layer-by-layer breast scanning during a digital mammography which allows to detect latent formations in the dense glands or, conversely, to exclude them, as well as to take a closer look at the features of discovered changes.
An experienced X-ray technician performs the examinations at LISOD using a modern digital mammograph with a tomosynthesis function and an additional mode for breast implants. A radiologist diagnostician with many years of experience in mammology then describes the obtained data.
Mammography may and should be performed:
- At a planned annual examination:
- from 40 to 75 years (recommended for countries with state screening programs for women)
- from 30-35 years (in countries where female healthcare is not sponsored by the government).
2. When any formations in the breast are discovered by a patient or at a doctor’s visit.
The following are not contraindications to performing mammography:
- Small or large breast size.
- Having a ‘port’ system or a pacemaker.
If necessary, this diagnostic procedure may be performed in men.