3D Mammography, Mammogram Wollongong

Mammogram Wollongong

3D Mammogram Wollongong, Warrawong, and Corrimal

 

Early detection against breast cancer is key through a regular mammogram.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in women in Australia, and unfortunately, it is also the second most common cause of cancer-related deaths. With this in mind, having regular checkups to identify any signs of breast cancer early is paramount. One way to do this is by having a mammogram.

What is a 3D mammogram?

A 3D mammogram (also known as tomosynthesis) provides doctors with more detailed images than traditional 2D mammograms.

It does this by taking multiple X-ray images from different angles and then reconstructing them into three-dimensional images. These can be viewed from different perspectives as needed to detect abnormalities more accurately.

There are many benefits to having a 3D mammogram including fewer recalls for further testing since it gives doctors more accurate insight into potential problems before proceeding with further tests or treatments for those who need them most urgently.

What is involved in a mammogram?

The patient will usually be given a gown to wear.

Breasts will be positioned onto a flat plate, where a compressor will be used to gradually push down the breast. Compression of the breast is necessary to help provide a clearer picture, by evening out the breast tissue, which also allows abnormalities to be identified.

Changing positions between images for top to bottom and side views will be required, as well as holding very still, this is important for the quality and accuracy of the images.

You may feel a small amount of pressure or discomfort, but it’s usually brief. Please advise the technician if the procedure is too painful.

The examination process should take about 15 minutes.

Why would my doctor refer me for a mammogram?

Your doctor may recommend getting a mammogram if you are over 40 years old, have certain risk factors such as family history of breast cancer, or if you show signs or symptoms such as lumps or changes in your breasts that need further investigation.

Your doctor may also refer you if they feel like additional imaging beyond what can be seen on an ultrasound would give them more information about your health status.

Are there risks involved in having a mammogram?

Mammograms require exposure to a small amount of radiation, but the benefits of mammograms far outweigh the risks.

Women should always let their doctor and the radiographer know if there is a possibility of being pregnant.

Preparation for a mammogram

It is asked that patients do not wear any talcum powder, deodorant or creams under arms on the morning of your appointment.

Our Equipment:

Selenia® Dimensions™ 3D
  • The Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system is a highly advanced screening tool available to women in the fight against breast cancer.
  • It is the first commercially-available breast tomosynthesis system (3D mammogram) in the world.
  • It uses state-of-the-art technology based on years of research and development around the world.
  • The Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system was developed by Hologic Inc. an international company dedicated to women’s health, including breast, bone, gynaecological and prenatal health.
  • In Australia, the Selenia Dimensions digital mammography system is being used by several radiology facilities around the country including Breastscreen NSW.

If you have any questions regarding charges or would like to know more information, please contact our friendly staff on admin@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or corrimal@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or call us on (02) 4249 2710.