Most common questions about mammography

Yes, you can. The examination will not harm the implants. Microcalcs are more clearly visible in mammography than in an ultrasound, and therefore mammography is recommended for women with implants as well.

After turning 40, it is recommended to do a mammographic examination every two years. Before that, you should book an appointment if symptoms, such as prolonged pain or palpable lumps, appear. The benefits of the examination and treatment have been clinically proved by extensive studies.

If a lump has appeared in your breast, you should not hesitate to book an appointment whether or not you have had an examination recently. A small fraction of diagnosed breast cancers grows notably fast. A normal timespan between examinations is one year if breast cancer runs in the family, or two years if breast cancer does not run in the family. Thanks to this operating model, the risk of finding breast cancer when testing a woman over 40 is approximately 1/200. One mammographic examination poses a risk for breast cancer due to the radiation, but the risk is only 1/13 000, so the benefit/risk ratio is clearly in favor of taking the examination.

Yes, you can. It is possible to take an oblique imaging of the breast, depending on the amount of the remaining tissue. The imaging can be supplemented with an ultrasound.

Yes. You can take screenings between cancer controls – especially if symptoms occur. Radiation examinations are not recommended to be taken repeatedly before the six months’ time period has passed, if symptoms have not occurred.

The amount of radiation is rather small, and the risk of breast cancer is only 1/13 000. There is a notably higher chance of finding existing cancer during the screenings.

There will be a pressure on the breast which remains constant during the examination. The pressure increases the possibility of finding cancer from the tissue that is examined. The pressure might feel unpleasant, but the imaging process does not take long.

A pacemaker does not interfere with the mammographic imaging.

Usually yes, and if not, the imaging can be conducted with an ultrasound.

If symptoms occur or your 40th birthday is coming up. After that, every two years.

If the findings require additional treatments, our doctors will compose a referral to the public health care’s hospital section. Treatments and controls will be carried out by the hospital.

Mammography costs 160 to 200 Euros.

Mammography does not require any preparations.

Tervekirje will arrive via post within two weeks after the examination. If there is a need for clarification of the imaging, we will call to book an appointment for you to do a clarifying ultrasound.

Mammography takes 5 to 10 minutes.

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