Mammography

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Definition

Recommended for all women between 50 and 75 years of age, mammographies aim to detect anomalies in breast tissues as soon as possible, before they even cause any clinical symptoms. In this way, they allow a pathology (breast cancer) to be detected, excluded or diagnosed before it is palpable.

This radiological examination has evolved considerably over recent years, meaning that the doses administered during an examination are extremely low. Today, our mammography devices are all equipped with tomosynthesis technology. This allows for cross-sectional imaging, which improves the resolution of the image created and helps to detect any anomalies.

During your mammography, which takes just a few minutes, you will be accompanied by our experienced MRT (medical radiology technologist). They will explain in detail how the examination is carried out and will answer any questions you have. For a so-called diagnostic examination, it is likely that an ultrasound examination will also be performed.

The majority of our radiology centres actively support and collaborate on breast cancer screening. Exam coordination is provided for by screening centres or cantonal bodies (Swiss Cancer Screening).

Patient Care

During your examination, you will be accompanied by a medical radiology technologist (MRT). They will provide you with a private area where you can undress.

The examination will take 15 minutes on average.

Notifying you of the results of the examination

You will receive the results of the mammogram by post within eight working days. They will also be sent to the GP whose name you gave on the health questionnaire.

This allows time for two radiologists to analyse and interpret the mammogram so that no abnormalities are missed and no benign areas are incorrectly assessed as suspect.

 

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