In a mammogram, we take a picture of the breast using the lowest possible dose of X-rays. The photos can reveal abnormalities in the fatty tissue, glandular tissue and connective tissue. This is necessary to provide sufficient information about an abnormality seen and/or felt in the breast.
We have at our disposal the very latest tomosynthesis mammograph which also produces 3D mammography images. This is a valuable addition to regular mammography that allows for better and faster detection of abnormalities.
For a good assessable picture, it is important that the breast tissue is pressed slightly flat, this is done carefully and in consultation with our experienced X-ray technician. You may indicate how much pressure you can tolerate. An image of the breast from above and from the side is taken from each side. The Women's Healthcare Center is the first zbc to use the latest "state of the art" Mammograph from Fuji. As a result, women will experience less pain symptoms, a problem that keeps many women from having the mammogram examination.
With a referral from your primary care physician, you can quickly visit the Breast Care Center. You will first be seen by our diagnostic radiologist who will take an image(s) of the breast(s). After this you will see the radiologist to discuss the pictures with you and to make an ultrasound of the breast(s). You will discuss the results and possible next steps directly with the radiologist. After these examinations, in many cases further examination is not indicated. You can go home reassured after the radiologist's visit.
Sometimes it is necessary to perform a biopsy or puncture to get a complete picture of the findings in the breast. This is usually done right at our location and is performed by the radiologist. After the biopsy, the results will be known within a few days. Any further treatment and preparation of a treatment plan is done in cooperation with the hospital (Antoni van Leeuwen Hospital). We plan any treatment as soon as possible, in consultation with you.
In preparation for your outpatient visit, it may help if you think about these questions:
Do not use body lotion, talcum powder or zinc ointment before the examination; these may cause abnormalities in the photo.
Pressing your breast(s) into the x-ray machine can be sensitive. It is therefore wise to make the appointment for this examination one week after your period. Your breast(s) will then be the least sensitive, making the pressing less painful. Because the amount of radiation must be limited for everyone, our lab technicians and radiologists ensure that the pictures are taken using the lowest possible dose of X-rays. This is possible thanks to the latest "state of the art" Mammograph at the Breast Care Center.
Unborn children are sensitive to X-rays. If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, please contact our radiologist before the examination. Sometimes the examination is postponed in consultation with your treating physician. The glandular tissue in your breast(s) is swollen if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This makes it more difficult to assess the X-ray images. In this case, the radiologist may decide to do an ultrasound.
If you are taking medication, you do not have to stop taking it before this examination.
All examinations are covered by your health insurance company.
Mrs drs O.Patho , Mrs drs M. Weimann