Digital Mammography

Screening Mammography

  • Annual screening for women start at the age of 40 yrs.
  • Women with mothers or sisters with pre-menopausal breast cancer Yearly starting by age 30 (but not before age 25), or 10 years earlier than the age of diagnosis of the youngest affected relative, whichever is later.
  • Women with histories of mantle radiation (usually for Hodgkin’s disease) received between the ages of 10 and 30 , Yearly starting 8 years after the radiation therapy , but not before age 25
  • Women with biopsy-proven lobular neoplasia (lobular carcinoma in situ and atypical lobular hyperplasia), atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), invasive breast cancer or ovarian cancer Yearly from time of diagnosis, regardless of age

Diagnostic Mammography

  • Diagnostic mammography is done after any of the following:
    • Palpable breast mass.
    • Breast pain.
    • Skin changes especially skin thickening and discoloration.
    • Discharge per nipple especially if having bloody discharge.
    • Palpable axillary lymph nodes.
  • It is done at any age but not preferred before age 25 due to increased breast density so we start with breast ultrasound.

Low dose mammography

  • It is a kind of technology that permits reduction of the X ray exposure up to 40% without hindering the image quality.
  • Available in New Cairo & Maadi branches.