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
*A mammography does not require a doctor’s referral and can be self-requested for screening purposes.
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.
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.
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.
Mammography has a false negative rate of about 10% . This means that up to about 10% of normal mammograms may hide a small cancer, especially in Asian women in whom the breast tissue is very dense. At Lifescan Imaging, we have Full Field Digital Mammography (FFMD) and Computer Aided Detection (CAD) software to help pick up small early cancers.
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.
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.
After reviewing your mammogram, in about 10% of cases, more views may be ordered by the radiologist to evaluate any indeterminate findings.
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 inconclusive, a recommendation for biopsy (removal of some tissue) is made.
Results are usually available in 1 to 2 working days.