Mammography is an X-ray examination of the female breast, which is also occasionally performed on men. It is the most important preventive examination for the early detection of breast cancer.
In order to achieve optimal image quality with the lowest possible radiation exposure, the breast must be briefly compressed during the examination. Since compression is felt to be least painful from the beginning of menstruation until about the tenth day of the cycle, the examination should be performed during this period. Women after the menopause can be examined at any time.
The significance of the mammogram depends on the density of the glandular tissue. For example, if the breast is very dense, a lumps may not be detected in the mammogram. A supplementary ultrasound examination is absolutely necessary in this case. Mammography is nevertheless (from the age of 40) an indispensable examination to detect microcalcifications. These can also indicate malignant changes in the breast.
As the breast tissue is usually still very dense in women before the age of 40, an ultrasound is first carried out to clarify the symptoms and is only supplemented by a mammogram if the findings are unclear.
In the case of special questions, a tomosynthesis (layered X-ray of the breast) can be carried out as a supplementary examination.
All mammograms are examined by two specially trained radiologists. This so-called double diagnosis significantly increases the detection rate of abnormal findings.
All members of our group practice have the ÖAK certificate in breast diagnostics. The certificate includes structured further training and continuous experience in order to perform and diagnose mammograms according to international standards and EU recommendations.
It is particularly important to us that we take the time to discuss your results with you and answer any further questions immediately. If further clarification is necessary, we will refer you to an MR mammography and, if necessary, we will put you in contact with a specialized breast health center.