FIRST IN THE COUNTRY!!!

 

The Laszlo Tabar Breast Centre at the Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre are delighted to announce Australia’s first installation of the incredible:

 

PRISTINA 3D MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM

This is the only mammogram unit on the entire Sunshine Coast that enables the use of contrast (x-ray dye)

 

Without Contrast

Routine mammography images
A nodular lesion with non-well deifined borders was identified at the right midline upper breast on the MLO view using the standard mammography. Ultrasound shows a solid nodule with well defined borders (associated with calcifications).

With Contrast

Senobright contrast-enhanced images
The Senobright images show a suspicous area (nodule) on the right breast. Biopsy proved invasive ductal carcinoma.

Just like turning on a light in a dark room!!

Other benefits of this state of the art system include:

  • True 3D imaging using sub 1mm sections

  • Lowest radiation dose on the market

  • Revolutionary software to aid accurate diagnosis

  • Elegant lighting to promote a calming atmosphere

  • Soft-curved surface to ensure comfort and support

  • Soft armrests have replaced the typical handgrips to enable a relaxed position during compression

  • Patient controlled compression to ensure compression never goes beyond what can be tolerated

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an x-ray that uses a very low dose x-ray system for examination of the breast. 

At the Specialist Women's Imaging Centre we use the lowest dose digital (mammography) machine available to provide the highest quality of images.

 

Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer is linked to early detection. A Mammogram can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a lump is palpable. The addition of breast Ultrasound increases the sensitivity and specificity of breast examination by up to 30%.

 

At what age should a woman have a mammogram?

The overwhelming majority of breast cancer experts worldwide recommend mammography once a year, beginning at the age of 40.  Women who have had breast cancer and those who are at an increased risk due to genetic history of breast cancer, should seek medical advice about whether they begin mammography before the age of 40 and the frequency of testing. We recommend that you discuss any breast changes, or problems with your doctor. Additionally, inform your doctor of any prior surgeries, hormone usage and family or personal history of breast cancer.  

 

How to prepare for the procedure

On the day of your visit to the Specialist Women's Imaging Centre:

  • Do not wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms, or on your breasts. These can appear on the film as calcifications. 
  • Always inform your doctor, or x-ray technologist if there is any possibility that you are pregnant.
  • Describe any breast symptoms to the technologist performing the examination.
  • Bring any previous mammograms with you and make them available to our staff. 

 

How is the procedure performed?

During a mammogram, the Mammographer will position you to image your breast. The breast is placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle (often made of clear Plexiglas or other plastic). 

Most patients are nervous and apprehensive about having their breast compressed. However, breast compression is necessary to: 

  • Even out the breast's thickness so all of the tissue can be visualised.
  • Spread out the tissue so that small abnormalities won't be obscured by overlying breast tissue.
  • Allow the use of lower x-ray dose since a thinner amount of breast tissue is being imaged.
  • Hold the breast still to eliminate blurring of the image caused by motion.
  • Reduce x-ray scatter to increase sharpness of the picture. 

 

Who interprets the results and when should I receive them?

Our Specialist Women't Imaging Centre radiologist is a physician specialist in mammography and other x-ray examinations. He will analyse the images, describe any abnormalities and suggest a likely diagnosis. This analysis is conveyed to your doctor with any follow-up recommendations.