What is Mammography?

Mammography is a type of x-ray performed in a device called a mammograph, which compresses the breast and generates high quality images capable of revealing the existence of early signs of breast cancer.

The compression of the breast is necessary so that the mammary gland tissue is adequately spread out and any nodules and microcalcifications are revealed and the examination is effective.

Does mammography hurt?

The eventual discomfort that may happen is totally bearable and should not be a barrier for women to stop doing the examination, as it is fundamental for obtaining a diagnosis still at an early stage of the disease.

Types of mammography

Screening mammography
Digital Mammography

Screening mammography

Mammography can be screening mammography, performed to detect any breast lesions early, before the patient or doctor can even notice them, or it can be diagnostic mammography, used to determine any changes in relation to previous routine or screening exams. When it is only a screening exam, images of each breast are obtained from two different angles, whereas when it is a diagnostic mammogram, it can include obtaining additional images or be accompanied by other complementary exams. 

Digital Mammography

With the advance of technology, digital (computerized) mammography has emerged. This exam is similar to the conventional one for using X-rays in the production of the images, but the system converts the image into a digital photo that can be seen on the computer monitor. With this new technology, the exams become faster and benefit both the patients and the radiologists, who have the possibility of handling the image on the computer.

Best time to have a mammogram

The exam should preferably be done a week after menstruation, when the breasts are less sensitive. It is not recommended to use cream, talc or deodorant on the day of the exam.

The mammogram is performed by a radiologist, who is the one who positions the patient's breast in the mammography device. The images are evaluated by a radiologist doctor who issues the exam report.

Early diagnosis of the disease enables less aggressive treatment and a greater chance of cure.
Be sure to have your mammogram as prescribed by your doctor.

Very important: if you have had a mammogram previously, do not forget to take it with you for comparison.

That is why one of our pillars of action is to bring the possibility of early diagnosis to low-income women who do not have access to mammography.

When breast cancer is detected early,
the chances of curing the disease are up to 95%.