As a woman, you’ve been told to give yourself breast examinations every month while in the shower and to watch out for any abnormalities like bumps or lumps within the breast tissue. However, if you have a family history of breast cancer, you’re probably one of the lucky candidates who has to start getting mammograms both more frequently and earlier on compared to those who don’t have have a similar. If you haven’t yet received a mammogram and are concerned both for the procedure and the result, read on to learn more.
- What does it entail?
Mammography, or a mammogram, is a specialized x-ray system that takes low dose x-rays in order to take a closer look at the breasts. This system is used to help detect early stages of breast cancer in women of all ages.
During the procedure, the x-ray technician will compress your breasts and place them on an imaging platform. Compressing takes place in order to get a well-rounded look at the tissues and muscles, hold the breasts still, and increase the overall visibility of the procedure.
- Does it hurt?
If anything, you will likely experience discomfort during the mammogram, mostly due to your breasts having to the compression of your breasts but during the actual x-ray procedure you won’t see a thing. You may also feel a bit of pressure during the procedure when a clamp will push down on your breasts to target the correct image.
- Is it safe?
Just as with all radiation treatments, there are some health risks involved. However, due to the low doses of x-ray associated with mammograms there is nothing to be worried about.
- How long until I receive results?
The waiting game is probably the worst part of the procedure— your mind gets carried away and you will likely imagine far-fetched scenarios that probably won’t happen. Some offices will give you your results right away while others prefer to wait a day or two until the doctor has the opportunity to review them himself.
To learn more about mammography or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!