Mammography is a low-dose x-ray examination of the breasts. A mammogram is used to detect early cancer of the breasts in women.

Mammography is a low-dose x-ray examination of the breasts. A mammogram is used to detect early cancer of the breasts in women. Mammography can also be used to screen for breast cancer in women who have no symptoms. Mammography is not recommended for women under the age of 40 unless they have a high risk of breast cancer. Mammography is considered to be the most effective screening tool for breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women over the age of 40 have a mammogram every year. Mammography is covered by most insurance plans. Mammography should not be used to replace yearly physical exams and breast self-exams. Mammography should be done every 1-2 years for women over the age of 50.

Why is mammography important?

Early detection is critical in the treatment of breast cancer, and mammography plays an important role in saving lives. Mammograms are not perfect, however, and they are not able to detect all cancers. In addition, false-positive results (biopsies that are later found to be normal) are not uncommon. For these reasons, it is important to talk to your doctor about your personal risk factors for breast cancer.

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How does it function?

You will stand in front of a special machine that takes pictures with great precision. A technologist places your breast on a plastic plate, then presses it down hard from above so we can see all those bones and muscles clearly as they work their magic under skin.

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Some things you need to inform the technician prior to getting the Mammography done:

  • About any breast changes or problems you’re having
  • If you have breast implants
  • If you have trouble standing and holding still alone (without the aid of a cane or walker)
  • If you’re breastfeeding or if you think you might be pregnant.

What does our customer say about us?

I had an appointment today for ultrasound and x-ray.Everyone I dealt with was polite , professional and pleasant. COVID protocols were followed and the offices were very clean.

Anita O'connell

Excellent service. Carona is so friendly at the reception desk. Made my day. I would always go to this clinic from now on. Both my xray and mammogram were done very professionally.

K Niko

Breast Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound uses sound waves and their echoes to make computer pictures of the inside of the breast. It can show certain breast changes, like fluid-filled cysts, that can be harder to see on mammograms.

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OBSP Mammography

The Ontario Breast Screening Program is a screening program designed to encourage people to get screened for breast cancer. The Ontario Breast Screening Program screens 2 different groups of people who are eligible for breast cancer screening in Ontario: those at average risk and those at high risk.

Average Risk

The Ontario Breast Screening Program recommends that most eligible women, trans and nonbinary people ages 50 to 74 get screened with mammography every 2 years.

High Risk

The Ontario Breast Screening Program recommends that people ages 30 to 69 who meet the High Risk Ontario Breast Screening Program eligibility criteria get screened every year with both mammography and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (or screening breast ultrasound if MRI is not medically appropriate).

Yes, you will need a requisition from your doctor or nurse practitioner for all examinations.

If you have time to prepare before the exam, we ask that you shower, refrain from wearing scented products (due to patients and employees with allergies) and wear clothing that is easily removed if necessary. T-shirts with no heavy appliqué and elastic waist pants or shorts are ideal and in many cases these can be x-rayed through. You may be asked to remove items that may interfere with the exam such as earrings, necklaces, glasses, dentures (upper spine), belly button rings (lower spine), nylons, tensor bandages, and splints (unless otherwise advised by your doctor). It is recommended that you leave valuables at home as the clinics do not have a secure location to store these items.

You should not have an x-ray during the first trimester of your pregnancy. If your doctor approves an x-ray during your pregnancy this will be indicated on your requisition and lead shielding can be applied to your abdominal region.

We request that you do not bring children with you to your exam. To prevent exposure to the radiation they cannot enter the x-ray rooms with you. Because our staff needs to focus on other patients they are not able to supervise children in the waiting room. Please arrange to leave the children at home or to bring another adult to watch them in the waiting room.

General exams can range from 10 minutes in length (finger) to 45 minutes (complete spine or skeletal survey).

Our technologists are registered and are specially trained to perform your exam, but only radiologists are qualified to interpret your results. For this reason, our technologists cannot discuss what they see with you.

You have the option to purchase a CD of your images. Please ask the receptionist about the fee and processing time for this service.

Your results are reviewed first by the radiologist and the report is usually faxed to your doctor by the end of the day. Urgent results will be phoned or faxed to your doctor as soon as possible. Your doctor also has the option to view your results online.