Mammography (For Female > 40 Yrs )

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Overview Brief

Mammography is the x-ray of the breasts. Mammography (for female >40yrs) needs to be done annually.

What is Mammography (for female >40yrs)?

A Mammography (for female >40yrs) is used to detect any breast lumps that can be benign or malignant.

  • Although clinical examinations are necessary, mammography (for female >40yrs) is required to confirm breast cancer.
  • If you have a family history of breast cancer, you must regularly undergo screening for it.
  • It is a non-invasive test.
  • It also helps detect any cysts or calcifications in the breasts.

A mammography (for female >40yrs) scan is called a mammogram.

How is a Mammography (for female >40yrs) performed?

A Mammography (for female >40yrs) is performed on an outpatient basis. It is a simple procedure:[1]

  • The breast in question or both the breasts are placed in the mammography unit one by one.
  • The breast will be compressed using a paddle.
  • The breast will be compressed to even out the thickness of the tissues.
  • You will be asked to stay still or hold your breath for the same.

The same procedure of the mammography (for female >40yrs) is repeated with the other breast.

Side effects/risks of Mammography (for female >40yrs)

Mammography (for female >40yrs) is a beneficial screening but has some minor side-effects/risks associated with it: [2]

  • Exposure to radiation.
  • Slight chance of cancer due to the repeated exposures.
  • False negative and false positive reports if past reports are absent or proper history is not taken.

Preparations before performing Mammography(for female >40yrs)

Before mammography (for female >40yrs) is performed, you will be asked to:

  • Not use any type of deodorant, perfume or powders[2].
  • No creams or ointments should be applied on the breasts.
  • Inform the technician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Get your earlier mammograms, if you have had any.

Post-care after a Mammography (for female >40yrs)

Since the mammography (for female >40yrs) is a routine screening procedure, there are no post-care measures one needs to take.

  • Keep your reports together for subsequent scans.
  • Consult with your physicians with your report.

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