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Mammogram is a radiological procedure used for diagnosis and screening of breasts. Here are a few situations in which you should get a mammogram done.
When you reach the radiology centre, you will be asked to change into a hospital gown. Then the technician will make you stand in front of an X-ray machine and place your breast on a plastic plate. Another plastic plate will then gently compress your breasts from above. You might feel slight pressure, pain or discomfort at this point. Compression is necessary to even out the thickness of your breasts to reveal all underlying abnormalities. You might be asked to change your position during the procedure, so that images can be taken perfectly. Side-view images will also be taken of the breasts. The same steps will then be repeated to take X-ray images for another breast. Then the technician might ask you to wait so that they can make sure that the images are fine and there is no need for retakes. Each Mammogram is different because all breasts are different. The entire process takes around 30 minutes.
Mammograms don’t take long but they are uncomfortable and painful for most women. The amount of discomfort and pain you will feel is completely dependent on the shape and size of your breasts and how much they need to be compressed. It can be more painful if you are on your period or your date is about to approach.
Here are some tips to make the getting a mammogram a little easier:
Only a trained doctor can read the results of a mammogram. You should never ask your radiologist to tell you the results of your mammogram. Because even if they can they are not permitted to do so.They can only read the results to your doctor and then your doctor will explain the results to you. The report doesn't take any longer than a few weeks. If there is some reason for concern you might also get a call from your health care centre a little earlier. Do contact your health care centre if your report doesn’t show up within 30 days.
Every radiology procedure has its own risks. These are the risks associated with mammograms:
Mammography rates in Lahore can vary from 2000 to 5000.