Mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast. Doctors use a mammogram to look for early signs of breast cancer. Regular mammograms are used to detect breast cancer early, even before a patient or the doctor notices any signs of a problem.

Deciding on breast screening

At Dubai London Hospital we are available to mentor and guide patients if they have been offered breast screening as part of the national programme.  Even though the choice may be finally with them, it’s important to understand the potential benefits and risks.

If you have any questions about going for a mammogram, call us. You can also ask your GP for advice if you need help in making an informed decision.

Benefits of breast screening

Breast screening has several benefits that can save lives. Catching it earlier calls for less aggressive treatment. For example, you may be able to have surgery that retains your breast if your cancer is spotted soon enough.

Preparing for a mammogram

Dubai London Hospital has in-house experts who guide you every step of the way, once your mammogram is scheduled. From the moment you enter a breast screening unit, they are there with you. We also advise patients not to use talcum powder or a spray deodorant on the day because these can affect the mammogram.

If you’re pregnant, breastfeeding or have breast implants, it is advisable to let the breast screening unit know before your appointment so they can factor in these points, especially the presence of breast implants.

What happens during a mammogram?

At Dubai London Hospital we have made a point-by-point itinerary, so you are familiar with what to expect at a mammogram. When you arrive at your appointment, your mammographer will check your details, explain what will happen and answer any questions you may have. Do not be afraid to ask for anything you want; that is your prerogative. It will be up to you to give the final clearance to go ahead with the procedure. Once that is done, you will change into a hospital gown, having undressed as advised.

You will then stand next to the mammogram machine, and your mammographer will help you to position one of your breasts onto the X-ray detector. The mammographer will then lower a second compression plate onto your breast, placing mild pressure on it for a few moments. This helps to keep your breasts still and ensure that the images are clear. The mammogram takes two X-rays of your breasts, one from above and one from the side. Your breasts are X-rayed one at a time.

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