Trained technicians perform mammography. The radiologists or oncologists read the mammogram for abnormal findings. Screening Mammography is OPD based procedure, of less than 5 minutes. There is no need to get admitted for this test.
Is it painful?
It is not a painful procedure at all. It is a non-invasive test performed similar to the X-ray of Chest.
Does Mammography spread Cancer?
This is a myth. Mammography uses low dose X-rays, which do not cause cancer to spread. You should talk to your doctor in detail about the need for this test for yourself - both benefits and harmful effects. What is the difference between Screening & Diagnostic Mammography?
In screening mammography, single image of X-ray needs to be taken. Diagnostic mammography needs multiple X-ray images from different angles. It also takes more time than screening mammography.
What is BIRADS?
BIRADS – Breast Imaging Reporting & Database System. The American College of Radiology (ACR) has designed quality assurance tool for use with mammography. It includes seven standardized categories. Each BI-RADS category helps radiologists and other physicians to suggest follow-up plan to appropriately manage a patient’s care.
The average cost is approximately Rs 1200. It varies from simple to digital mammography. The cost may go upto Rs 3500.