Mammogram

What You Need to Know


What are the benefits of having a Mammogram?


Imaging the breasts improves a physician’s ability to detect small tumors. When cancers are small, women have more treatment options and a higher success rate. Regular mammograms are the best method available for early detection of breast cancer.

What is a Mammogram?


Imaging the breasts improves a physician’s ability to detect small tumors. When cancers are small, women have more treatment options and a higher success rate. Regular mammograms are the best method available for early detection of breast cancer.

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray examination of your breasts. Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early detection. A mammogram can detect changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician.


At what age should you have a Mammogram?


There is a clear recommendation for every woman from the age of 40 to have a screening mammogram done every two years. Those women who have had Breast Cancer and those who are at an increased risk due to a genetic history of Breast cancer should seek medical advice whether they should begin screening before the age of 40 and about the frequency of screening.

How do I arrange a Mammogram?


Simply call the Radiology Department on 091-785626 and arrange an appointment. 

What to expect when you arrive?


The Radiology Department at the Galway Clinic offers state-of-the- art mammography services in a comfortable private environment. The Galway Clinic has ample car parking and easy access. For directions, see the How to Find Us section of the website. Our facility consistently receives excellent ratings from patients.


What will the exam be like?


The mammogram will be performed by a Radiographer specialising in Mammography. They work closely with the radiologist to assure the most accurate results from your  examination. You will be asked to undress down to your waist. The Radiographer will gently position your breast and compress it upon the image plate. It is necessary to spread the breast to reduce the thickness of the breast. You will have at least two x-rays taken of each breast.

Will additional studies be recommended after Mammography?
If the radiologist feels that additional imaging procedures are necessary, your GP will be informed and an appointment will be arranged for these studies. Our comprehensive approach means you have access to an experienced team of surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, radiologists, pathologists, radiographers and nurses.


How much does a Mammogram cost?


A mammogram costs €140. Relief is available through the MED1 form, and if insured, through your out-patient expenses. Price subject to change
 
 

Changes to be aware of

 
  • A change in size or shape-one breast may become larger than the other.
  • Changes in the nipple-inversion or shape, pulled in or flattened, or unusual discharge.
  • Changes on or around the nipple-rash, flaky or crusted skin.
  • Changes in the skin-dimpling, puckering or redness.
  • Swelling in your armpit or around your collar bone.
  • A lump, any size, or thickening in your breast.
  • Constant pain in one part of your breast or armpit.