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What is a mammogram?

A mammography is an X-ray examination of the female breast. It is used both preventively in the early detection of breast cancer when no symptoms are present, but also helps curatively in the clarification of known suspicious tumor findings. Around 40,000 breast cancers are discovered in Germany every year. In most cases, breast cancer can only be cured if it has not yet metastasized. Mammograms can detect changes in the breast up to two years before breast changes can be felt. An early annual check-up is therefore highly recommended for women over the age of 40.

Further information

Many women use an ultrasound scan instead of a mammogram. In our opinion, however, ultrasound alone is definitely not sufficient for cancer prevention. In the early stages, many tumors only reveal themselves through microcalcifications, which usually appears invisible on ultrasound.

In some cases, if a mammography does not produce sufficient results, an MR mammography (also called "breast MRI") is required. Here the breast is photographed with the help of magnetic resonance therapy.  

Before the mammography

In any case, please indicate that you are pregnant before the examination. The mammography should not be performed in the week before the period, as the female breast is usually more sensitive to pressure than usual during this time. The first week after the period has proven to be best. Many changes only become visible in comparison with previous recordings. If you keep these at home, please bring them with you for examination. If your last mammography was not performed in our practice, please write us permission to request these images from the relevant doctor.

How is the examination performed?

The examination is carried out while standing or sitting on special X-ray machines. The radiation used is a soft radiation and provides very high-contrast images. Even small, non-palpable tissue formations can be recognized. Each breast is digitally recorded from two or more directions.

During the exposure, the breast is compressed between two Plexiglas plates to avoid movement and to keep the radiation dose low. The X-rays penetrate the breast during the very short examination time, are weakened on different types of tissue and then digitally registered.

The mammographic X-ray examination itself is absolutely painless. Only the brief compression of the chest can hurt a bit. In general, x-rays are only considered to be of health concern if they are used frequently or if very high doses are used.

After the examination

Due to the diagnostic procedure, you will only receive the written result after a few days. With regard to costs, we have listed the most important information for you under  mammography screening.