Mammography

Patient Preparation

Day of exam wash off all deodorant, perfume powders or lotions from under the arms and across the chest.
The ideal time to perform a mammogram on women who have menstrual cycles is 7 to 10 days after onset of their period, as the breasts will be less tender.
If you are able to refrain from caffeine for 24 to 48 hours prior to your exam, the exam will be less uncomfortable for you.
Breast implants require more extensive images and require additional time. Please notify us at the time of booking.

Mammograms are an x-ray of the breasts.  There are two classifications of mammograms:

Screening

Screening mammograms are routine checks used to find early signs of cancer in women who have no apparent breast problems or symptoms. They can find abnormal changes in the breast that are too small to be felt by you or your healthcare provider.

A screening mammogram only takes about 10 minutes to complete. If any abnormal change is found, your healthcare provider will recommend more tests which might include a diagnostic mammogram – a special x-ray that provides more images and allows a closer look at changes in the breasts.

In Alberta, women between the ages of 40 – 49 and 75 years and older, can self-refer for a screening mammogram every year, provided they have had a previous normal screening mammogram at our site.

Women between the ages of 50 to 74 years can self-refer for a screening mammogram every 2 years

 Diagnostic

If your screening mammogram detects any abnormal changes, your healthcare provider may recommend having a diagnostic mammogram.

Diagnostic mammograms are special x-rays that provide more images than a screening mammogram. They can be used to look more closely at changes found during a screening mammogram. They’re used for women who have had a previous breast cancer diagnosis and/or for women who notice unusual breast changes, such as:

  • A new lump in the breast or armpit
  • A nipple that is turned inward, if it isn’t usually
  • Crusting, bleeding or a rash on your nipple
  • Nipple discharge
  • Dimpling or thickening of the skin in one area of your breast

If you think you need a diagnostic mammogram, speak to your healthcare provider for a referral.

We use the latest Digital Breast Image technology.

Our technologists are certified by the National Association CAMRT and licensed to practice by the Alberta College of Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists. Our Mammography service has passed the Canadian Association of Radiologists accreditation standards for Breast Screening in Canada.