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3D Digital Mammography (Tomosynthesis) Hologic Selenia Dimensions

What you need to do before a Mammogram and how to prepare for the test

  • You will need a referral from your doctor
  • Mammograms require an appointment
  • At the time of booking your appointment you will be advised not to wear talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your test
  • If you suffer from breast sensitivity with your menstrual period, where possible avoid making your appointment in these times
  • If you are breast feeding, express or feed prior to your examination. You may wish to discard the next feed
  • Continue to take your medications
  • Bring all previous relevant X-rays or scans to your appointment

What will happen when you have your Mammography done

  • You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire regarding previous surgery, breast implants, family history and other facts relevant to the examination
  • You will be asked to change into a gown
  • The radiographer will place an ergonomic flex paddle that shapes to the breast for better comfort and will apply even compression to your breast
  • You may be asked to have additional imaging following assessment of your initial mammogram pictures

Your report and images

  • After your examination you will be given a copy of the films from your study
  • A report will either be sent back to your referring doctor or you may be asked to return to collect them once they have been reported by one of our radiologists
  • Digital copies of all studies are stored on our PACS (Picture Archiving & Communication System) for comparison with any future mammography examinations
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