Breast cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in Alberta women and, after lung cancer, the second leading cause of death. Screening mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancers at an earlier stage when treatment is more effective.
It is important to talk with your doctor about the advantages of regular mammography screening. There are numerous benefits to regular screenings beginning at the age of 40.
We are able to access any of your prior exams both locally and nationally.
Pureform is proud to offer the latest full field digital mammography (FFDM) machines in all of our clinics.
Pureform also offers 3D Mammography / Tomosynthesis at select locations, which is a new and advanced technology that takes 3D images of the breast. 3D Mammography can be more accurate then a conventional 2D mammograms as the system takes images from multiple angles allowing the radiologist to view the breast one layer at a time.
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A mammogram is a specialized x-ray, which provides highly detailed images of the internal structure of the breast. A mammogram can find changes in the tissue of the breast that are often too small to be felt. Mammograms are the most effective and accurate way of early detection of breast cancer, when treatment is more effective.
Pureform Radiology uses the latest in digital mammography technology, which provides improved image quality while reducing radiation exposure. Most commonly, mammography is used in the screening and early detection of breast cancer.
Given the risk of breast cancer increases with age, we recommended annual screening beginning at the age of 40. Some women may begin regular screening at a younger age if there is a family history of breast cancer or abnormal changes are detected. It is important to discuss regular breast screening with your doctor.
Pureform Radiology adheres to the revised Breast Cancer Screening Clinic Practice Guidelines (September 2013), which outline the optimal interval of mammography screening for a woman of average risk. Patients may not fall into the average risk category for reasons such as dense breast tissue or family history of breast cancer.
The Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) has recently reiterated its recommendation that women ages 40-49 be screened yearly for breast cancer and those ages 50-74 be screened every one to two years, as outlined in the CAR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards for Breast Imaging and Intervention.
The American Cancer Society and the American Medical Association continue to recommend annual mammograms between ages 40 to 69. After age 70 they recommend evaluating the frequency with your doctor.
Alberta Health continues to cover the cost of annual screening mammograms in the province if requested by the referring physician or patient.
If you are between the ages of 40-49 (and don’t have any symptoms or concerns) a requisition is only needed for your first appointment. You can easily book your annual screening appointment at Pureform Radiology in subsequent years without a requisition or referral.
If you are between the ages of 50-74 an appointment can be made without a referral or requisition.
However, a requisition is required in the following scenarios:
A mammogram generally takes between 30-45 minutes to complete. Once images have been obtained a radiologist will review your images and a report will be sent to your physician. A summary of this final report will also be sent to you for your records.
Preparation for a mammogram is simple; once you book your appointment we will obtain any previous images from your earlier exams, even if they were performed at another location or another provider. This allows our radiologists to make immediate comparison of your current and previous results.
You may bathe or shower on the day of your exam but please don’t use any deodorant, antiperspirant, lotion, or powder under the arms or in the breast area. These substances interfere with the exam and the images. To assist with changing please wear a two-piece outfit as you will be required to undress from the waist up.
Yes, a Women’s Result Letter will be mailed to your address on file within 10 business days with a summary of your results.
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