DIGITAL MAMMOGRAM

At IDACA we have been always concerned about the difficult topic of breast cancer. That is why we offer digital mammograms and tomosynthesis: the most important examinations to prevent and detect the sickness at its early stage.

The mammogram is a radiological examination of the breast gland, it means, a radiograph of the breasts. It is the one and only means that helps doctors to diagnose breast cancer on stages when it is not palpable. That is the reason why it is the only worldwide approved method in the detection of the sickness.

IDACA was the first one to offer the community the Tomosynthesis, a technique to perform a mammogram that allows the reconstruction of some CT scan images of the breast tissue and the formation of a 3D image in only 4 seconds with a less compression level in comparison to the traditional equipments which means a comfortable and less painful examination.


And in order to offer a more complete server to our patients we perform a breast ultrasound scan that complements the mammogram.

Patient Information

WHAT WILL THE PATIENT FEEL DURING THE MAMMOGRAM?

To perform the mammogram, the patient will have to take off the top clothing and put on a hospital gown given by the nurse. In the mammogram room, our technician will gently tell you how you should be at the device. Then the technician will place your right breast on the surface where the compression will be done. The same will happen to the left breast. The whole examination takes 10 minutes.

The routine examination requires at least 2 projections of each breast. These images are evaluated by a specialist. And depending of the results, the doctor will decide if more projections or a complementary ultrasound scan are required.

During the compression, the patient will go through a bearable pressure that lasts a few seconds and will be asked to hold the breathing for a few seconds too. In case of presenting any doubt, do not hesitate and tell the technician who will gently help you.

DOES THE PATIENT NEED ANY PREPARATION?

On the day of the examination, the patient cannot be wearing body creams, talcum powder or deodorant in the area of breast or armpits. And it is recommendable to schedule an appointment when not presenting pain in the breast due to the PM syndrome.

On the day of the test, it is important that all the patients bring the medical order, the previous studies (if they have) and comfortable clothes with no metal pieces such as sport pants. It is forbidden to bring any kind of item of clothing such as bracelets, watches, earrings, jewels and piercings.

All these suggestions will make the examination easier and reduce the wait time.

IS THERE ANY RISK?

The mammogram is a safe method. Its viability has been confirmed worldwide after many researches. This examination exposes the patients to low radiation doses (0.3 rads). So, it is not possible – in well calibrated units- to introduce any type of pathology as a result of the radiation received during the routine mammogram practiced throughout the lifetime.

OTHER INDICATIONS

It is mandatory to bring the medical order on the day of the examination.

The mammograms are performed by order of arrival from Mondays to Fridays. From 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and on Saturdays from Saturdays from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS THAT PREDISPOSE TO BREAST CANCER?

Being a woman is the factor that predisposes the most. There are other known factors but we have to keep in mind that only one out of four patients presents two or more risk factors that lead to the development of the cancer.

Risk factors that we cannot modify:

Personal record of breast cancer

Family background of breast cancer

The gender. One man out of 100 women suffering from breast cancer is affected by the sickness.

The age. There is slight raise in the incidence from the age of 50.

Menarche (early pubertal timing)

Late menopause (after the age of 50)

Nulliparity (lack of pregnancy)

Risk factors we can modify: lifestyle

Smoking.

Obesity and diets full on saturated fat

Excessive consumption of alcohol

No breastfeeding.

Sedentary lifestyle

The use of oral contraceptives for long a time. Even though, nowadays it depends on the kind of contraceptive used. There are modern alternatives that are very safe.

REMEMBER

The mammogram is the only worldwide available method at the hand of most of the women to prevent breast cancer. Besides this test there are other efficient options such as the auto-examination and the annual medical evaluation.

Talk with your treating doctor

The health is a basic human right. Breast cancer is a painful reality and we can fight and beat it successfully.

For Physicians

In our women service area, we have Hologic equipment. This brand is worldwide known for the preciseness and quality in the breast diagnosis.

The Selenia Dimensions 2D-3D digital mammogram with Tomosynthesis tecnology is the most technological advancement in terms of mammograms. Besides generating 2D ordinaries images, Selenia Dimensions can make 15 1-milimitered projections through the continuous move of the x-rays tube that is rotated 15°. The result of this process is the obtaining of defined images of the breast allowing the doctor to observe the totality of the breast tissue for a better and precise diagnosis.

In a 2D mammogram the doctors can only see the image from one angle because the structures that are superimposed avoid the doctor perceiving any benign or malign sign.