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  • 30 min
  • 1 franc CFA (BCEAO)
  • Location 1

Description du service

What Is a Mammogram? A mammogram is a type of breast imaging that uses a specialized X-ray to create a picture of the breast. Mammograms are considered the standard for breast cancer screening and are essential to a woman’s health. When Is a Mammogram Used? Mammograms are used for early detection of any abnormalities, like tumors, in the breasts. These medical imaging tests can be used either for screening or to evaluate a breast lump. While there is no ideal age to start screening for breast cancer, the American Cancer Society recommends women of average risk begin getting annual mammograms at age 40. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors to decide when a mammography imaging screening is right for you. How Do I Prepare for a Mammogram? If you’ve noticed any changes in your breasts or have any concerns, talk to your doctor before scheduling a mammogram. Women ages 40 and over who want to schedule a routine mammogram, do not need to talk with their doctor beforehand. For all mammogram prep, we recommend: Avoid using deodorant, antiperspirants, lotions, creams, powders or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your mammogram Schedule your mammogram during a time when breasts will not be tender. For most women, the best time to schedule is the week after their period If you’ve had a mammogram before or are going to a new facility, bring any prior mammogram images to your appointment Take an over-the-counter pain medication if you find that having a mammogram is uncomfortable or painful Remember to always inform your doctor or X-ray technician if you are or might be pregnant What Can I Expect from a Mammogram? Before the mammogram, you’ll be asked to undress from the waist up and remove any jewelry. For the procedure, you’ll stand in front of an X-ray machine that is specifically designed for mammograms. The technologist will place one of your breasts on a platform that is raised to match your height. Once the technologist has positioned you correctly in front of the machine, your breast will be pressed against the platform with a clear plastic plate. This plate helps spread the breast tissue out to an even thickness to decrease movement and minimize the dose of radiation to produce a clear image. The plate will cause pressure on your breast for the duration of the X-ray. Alert your technologist if there is too much discomfort or pain. You may be asked to hold your breath or stand still during the procedure.


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