A mammogram is a special type of x-ray that uses low energy x-rays to examine breast tissue for diagnosis and screening purposes.

A mammogram is useful for the early detection of breast cancer. It identifies micro and macro calcifications(lumps) and masses in breast tissue. Women over 40yrs are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer and thus it’s recommended that they get an annual screen. For ladies under 40yrs, a breast ultrasound is ideal.
The test can be performed on both male and female genders.

How it’s done;
1. The procedure is explained for client understanding and to minimize discomfort
2. The client is required to remove aĺl upper garments to fully expose the breasts
3. Stand facing the mammogram machine then place breast (one at a time) between the two plates.
4. The upper plate on the machine is lowered to compress the breast . This helps to flatten the breast tissue and eliminates movement for better image clarity.
5. Images are taken from different angles, at least 4 different views.

The procedure is not painful but the compression may be uncomfortable for small breasted people. The good news is that it takes about 10 minutes to complete.
A radiologist report is usually ready in 10-15 minutes

No booking or special arrangement is required. This test is not covered by NHIF however, some of the other medical covers do. For enquiries, kindly reach us on 0722149505