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Breast Screening Singapore (Mammography)

Breast Screening Singapore (Mammography) is the gold standard in the early detection of breast cancer.

Our centre is equipped with a digital mammography machine that produces high quality images using the least possible radiation to the breasts.

Mammography is also used to aid in the diagnosis of established benign breast diseases and helps plan management of patients.

Preparation

Before the examination

    • Different examinations have specific preparation requirements. Please check with your doctor/ nurse if you are unsure.

    • If you have taken similar examinations in the past, it is advisable to bring them along on your appointment.

    • When making your appointment please inform the nurse if you are on medications for conditions like asthma, diabetes, cardiac or kidney diseases etc, or if you think you may be pregnant.

    • If you will be taking a mammogram examination, you may wish to be comfortably attired (e.g. wearing a button-on top) for ease of examination. Do not use powder or deodorant on your breasts or armpits on the day of your examination as it will affect the mammogram image.

During the examination

    • When your appointment is due, you will be led to the examination room by the radiographer.

    • You will then be requested to position yourself either on the examination bed or to remain standing when the examination is conducted. This will be explained clearly to you by the radiographer who will be conducting the examination. At no time should you be feeling uncomfortable and if you are, do inform the radiographer immediately.

    • Depending on the type and complexity of the examination, each examination will usually take between 10 – 35 minutes.

After the examination

  • The collection of results will depend on your doctor’s request. The result will either be collected by you where you will bring it back to your doctor for further consultation or it will be dispatched to your doctor who will then schedule an appointment to discuss the findings with you.

FAQ

A mammogram is a diagnostic x-ray procedure of the breasts and is very helpful in detecting breast cancer.

Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women in Singapore constituting more than 20% of all cancers. Thus, a mammogram should be performed yearly, as an abnormality can develop any time.

According to the American Cancer Society, any woman between 40 – 49 years old should have a mammogram done every 1 – 2 years. As for women over 50 years old, mammograms should be done on a yearly basis.

No preparation or fasting is required and you can have it done any time. But do not use power or deodorant on your breasts or armpits on the day of examination, as it will affect the x-ray image. It will be more convenient to wear a blouse rather than a dress, as you will be asked to undress from waist up.

It takes about 15 to 20 minutes to perform the examination.

Mammograms may be uncomfortable because it is necessary to spread the breast tissue out as evenly as possible to obtain a good image. If the pain is unbearable, please inform the radiographer so that she can reposition the breast.

Testimonial

I am happy that I am able to do my mammogram at Asiamedic & served by a great staff name Abby. Asiamedic is located centrally near the Orchard MRT station & there is no need to walk out in the sun especially in the hot & humid weather nowadays. – Siti