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DIGITAL MAMMOGRAM

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Orbito Asia a forerunner in screening patients for breast cancer and has once again raised the bar by installing and housing the latest mammography equipment . It is the prime focus of Orbito Asia to serve the community by raising the awareness of people regarding the disease. At Orbito Asia we have some of the most dedicated and professional female technologists and dedicated radiologists who have specialised in Mammography and Breast MR. No mammogram is complete without a high quality breast ultrasound and so we ensure our customers have the best of womens wellness care at Orbito Asia.

What is it?

Mammography is X-ray imaging of your breasts designed to detect tumors and other abnormalities. Mammography can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes in evaluating a breast lump:

Screening mammography :

Screening mammography is used to detect breast changes in women who have no signs or symptoms or observable breast abnormalities. The goal is to detect cancer before any clinical signs are noticeable. This usually requires at least two mammograms from different angles of each breast.

Diagnostic mammography:

Diagnostic mammography is used to investigate suspicious breast changes, such as a breast lump, breast pain, an unusual skin appearance, nipple thickening or nipple discharge. It’s also used to evaluate abnormal findings on a screening mammogram. Additional images can be made from other angles or focus on areas of concern at higher magnification.

When to begin screening mammography?
Experts don’t agree on when women should begin regular mammograms or how often the tests should be performed. Your doctor can recommend a screening mammography schedule for you.

Some general guidelines for when to begin screening mammography include:

  • If you have a high risk of breast cancer, you may benefit by beginning screening mammograms before age 40. Talk to your doctor for an individualized program. Your risk factors and your degree of breast density may lead your doctor to recommend magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in combination with mammograms.
  •  If you have an average risk of breast cancer,discuss when to begin mammograms with your doctor. Many women begin mammograms at age 40 and have them every one to two years. Professional groups differ on their recommendations, with most, including the American Cancer Society, advising women with an average risk to begin mammograms at age 40 and the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommending women wait until age 50 to begin regular mammograms.

How you prepare?

  • Schedule the test for a time when your breasts are least likely to be  tender.
  • If you haven’t gone through menopause, that’s usually during the  week after your menstrual period. Your breasts are most likely to be  tender the week before and the week during your period.
  • Ask whether the mammogram facility is certified by the Food and Drug  Administration. This certification will ensure that the facility meets.
  • If you’re going to a new facility for your mammogram, gather any prior mammograms and bring them with you to your appointment so that the radiologist can compare them with your new images. It’s important to bring the original mammogram films, not copies, and accompanying reports.
  • Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, creams or perfumes under your arms or on your breasts. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.
  • Taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, others), about an hour before your mammogram might ease the discomfort of the test.

What can you expect?

During the test:

At the testing facility, you’re given a gown and asked to remove neck jewelry and clothing from the waist up. It’s a good idea to wear a two-piece outfit that day.

For the procedure itself:

You stand in front of an X-ray machine specially designed for mammography. The technician places one of your breasts on a platform that holds the X-ray film and raises or lowers the platform to match your height. The technician helps you position your head, arms and torso to allow an unobstructed view of your breast.

Your breast is gradually pressed against the platform by a clear plastic plate. Pressure is applied for a few seconds to spread out the breast tissue. The pressure isn’t harmful, but you may find it uncomfortable or even painful. If you have too much discomfort, inform the technician.

Your breast must be compressed to even out its thickness and permit the X-rays to penetrate the breast tissue. The pressure also holds your breast still to decrease blurring from movement and minimizes the dose of radiation needed. During the brief X-ray exposure, you’ll be asked to stand still and hold your breath.

After the test:

After images are made of both your breasts, you may be asked to wait while the technician checks the quality of the images. If the views are inadequate for technical reasons, you may have to repeat part of the test. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes. Afterward, you may dress and resume normal activity.

It’s required that the mammogram facility send your results within 30 days, but you can usually expect to receive your results within five business days.

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