Mammography uses low-energy X-rays to examine the breasts for signs of breast cancer, such as masses or microcalcifications in the breast tissue. It is used to screen women without symptoms and to diagnose certain conditions that affect breast tissue in women who do have symptoms.
The László Tabár Breast Centre at the Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre is home to Australia’s first installation of the PRISTINA 3D MAMMOGRAPHY SYSTEM: the only mammogram unit on the Sunshine Coast that enables the use of contrast (x-ray dye).
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%.
Who interprets the results?
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.
At what age should I 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.
Routine mammography images
A nodular lesion with non-well defined 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).
Senobright contrast-enhanced images
The Senobright images show a suspicous area (nodule) on the right breast. Biopsy proved invasive ductal carcinoma.
Endorsed by Prof. László Tabár
Our mammography services are provided by Dr Sean O’Connor, the only radiologist on the Sunshine Coast with a fellowship in Women’s Imaging and one of the most experienced MRI readers in Queensland. Dr Connor trained under the guidance of Professor László Tabár, whose pioneering research has laid the foundation for early detection through modern mammographic screening.
Mammograms take place in the László Tabár Breast Centre at Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre, one of only two clinics in the world to be endorsed by Professor László Tabár. The Centre utilises the highly advanced GE Senographe DS Digital Mammography machine, which provides the lowest dose mammography available.