Digital Mammography & Breast Ultrasound

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We provide a full range of diagnostic breast services for our female patients including:
1. Digital Mammography with Computer Aided Detection (CAD)
2. Breast Ultrasound
3. Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration
4. Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy

Digital Mammography

At Lifescan Imaging, we have a Full Field Digital Mammography (FFDM) machine which decreases the radiation dose, shortens the time taken to perform mammography and enhances your mammography experience. Early breast cancer usually presents as microcalcifications (tiny calcium dots) and digital mammography is good at picking up microcalcifications in the breast.

Computer Aided Detection Software

Computer Aided Detection (CAD) is a FDA approved technology that helps radiologists to analyse your mammogram. It does not replace the radiologist but acts as a second pair of eyes, very much like a “spellchecker”, helping to identify certain features in a mammogram that may need further evaluation. Studies have shown that CAD increases the sensitivity of picking up a cancer by about 10%.

Breast Ultrasound/Sonography

Ultrasound Guided Fine Needle Aspiration

Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the best time to go for mammography?

During the peri-menstrual period, the nipple is more sensitive and engorged. It would be best to avoid the pre-menstrual/menstrual period and have the mammogram performed about 1 to 2 weeks after the menstruation period.

What should I wear?

It is best to wear 2 piece clothing i.e. a top and a pair of pants so as to ease the process of removing the top during mammography.

Why can’t I apply powder, deodorant, cream or perfume when I go for mammography?

The powder, deodorant, cream or perfume may cause artifacts on the mammography image. The artifacts appear as white spots on the mammography film which may mimic microcalcifications that may be a representation of early cancer.

Once I have a normal mammogram, am I safe from breast cancer?

Mammography has a false negative rate of about 10% which means even though it might be reported as normal, up to about 10% of normal mammograms may hide a small cancer especially in Asian women where the breast tissue is very dense. At Lifescan Imaging, we have full field digital mammography and CAD (computer aided detection) software which helps to pick up small early cancers.

Why do I have to undergo breast screening?

Mammography is the only imaging test that has been shown to reduce mortality (death rate) by about 30%. The Singapore Ministry of Health recommends that all women 40 years old and above should undergo screening mammography.

Why do I need to bring my old films when I go for a mammogram?

It is important to bring all your old films, especially if it has been performed in another imaging centre as small subtle changes can be better demonstrated when compared to previous mammograms.

Why do extra views of my breast sometimes need to be taken?

After reviewing your mammogram, in about 10% of cases, more views may be ordered by the radiologist to evaluate any indeterminate findings.

Why do I need to go for biopsy?

Findings on mammograms or breast ultrasound may be non-cancerous (simple cysts etc) or some findings are typical for cancer (irregular spiculated mass). Sometimes however, findings are indeterminate. When the findings are indeterminate or not conclusive, a recommendation for biopsy (removal of some tissue) is made.

When will the biopsy results be ready?

Results are usually available in 1 to 2 working days.

Incorporated in 2005, Singapore Medical Group (SMG) is a private specialist and primary healthcare provider with a network of more than 20 medical specialties. The Group is committed to its promise of providing patient centred medical care and experience to every individual. SMG has 35 clinics and a growing network of SMG Associates all across the island.