Mammography

What you need to know

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Preparing for your visit

Make sure that you have your requisition form and your health card with you. Learn More

Preparing for your visit

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What to avoid before your procedure?

Please refrain from using deodorant and/or body powder (talcum) the day of your exam. Many deodorants and body powders contain aluminum which may impact the quality of mammogram.

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During your Visit

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During your Visit

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Once you receive your requisition form from your doctor call us to book an appointment. Women 50—74 can self-refer, and we will invite them to be screened through the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP).


When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, the first step is to complete registration at the Front Desk. Remember to bring your health card for your visit. 

We offer private change rooms and a comfortable gown for you to change into. You may be asked to remove your jewelry. 

Once you are ready, one of our friendly technologists will take you to the exam room and position your breast on a platform and apply pressure with a compression paddle. This may be uncomfortable, but usually not painful. The compression should only last a few seconds. 

You may experience discomfort if the exam is performed during menstruation.

The technologist usually will take two images of each breast. Once the scan is complete, you are free to leave and resume normal activity.

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After your Visit

Once the exam is complete, your doctor’s office will contact you with the results. Learn More

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What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast that examines breast tissue and evaluates breast health. It is useful in detecting growths or micro-calcifications that may be too small or missed by physical examination. A mammogram is also an essential tool in the early detection of breast cancer.


Screening for breast cancer

According to the Canadian Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in Canadian women. Symptoms of breast disease can include lumps, pain, nipple discharge, change in shape or size, and thickening of the skin or breast tissue. Early detection for breast cancer is important for treatment and cure.

Our qualified Medical Radiography technologists offer a range of mammography examinations:

  • Screening exams – involve a regular check up for breast health when no symptoms are present. Screening mammograms are recommended for all women between the ages 50-74. The Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) is a province-wide, organized cancer screening program that provides high-quality breast cancer screening throughout Ontario to 2 groups of women. To learn more about their recommendations, click here.

  • Diagnostic exams - involve evaluating breast tissue when symptoms are present (ie. pain, lump, unusual changes to the skin or nipple) or to further investigate changes found on a screening mammogram. Diagnostic mammograms are also used to evaluate hard-to-see tissue due to special circumstances (ie. implants or recent breast surgery).


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