Women's Imaging

Medical Aid Update

Many medical aids have decided to only pay for a mammogram every second year. This is not a decision based on medical benefit. It is true that many other countries also do mammograms only every second or even third year. The policy is purely based on financial expediency.

Our recommendations remain an annual mammogram for every woman over 40. This is regardless of family history or supposed risk factors. Remember, 80% of breast cancer patients have NO family history or risk factors. Breast cancers often develop within 18 - 24 months meaning that the optimal time interval between mammograms is one year. This timing has been shown in several large studies to decrease the number of fatal breast cancers in the population. Early detection of breast cancer leads to lower stage cancers at presentation and improved survival!

Many practices are offsetting the cost of mammograms in the intervening year when medical aids won't pay, by offering substantial cash discounts.

Parklane Women’s imaging Center

Ground Floor, Women’s Wellness Centre, 13 Junction Ave
Parktown, 2193
Tel: 011 484 3149

Bookings: 011 484 3149
info@parklaneradiology.co.za
Hours: Mon – Fri 7.30-17.30

Kempton Park Mammography

Women's Health Centre
190 Monument Road
Glen Marais
Kempton Park, 1619
kpmammograms@interad.co.za
Tel: 011 393 6117

www.kemptonparkmammography.co.za

 

 

 

 
Mammography

Digital mammography is a high resolution x-ray of the breasts. It is performed by experienced (and gentle) radiographers

We charge medical aid rates and will submit on your behalf.

Tomosynthesis Mammography

Tomosynthesis is a new state-of-the-art 3D scan that is able to more accurately identify breast cancers. At Parklane Women's Imaging Centre we offer tomosynthesis at a lower radiation dose and with less compression of the breast. That means a more accurate examination with less discomfort and less radiation than ordinary mammograms. 

There is no additional cost for this scan.

 
Who should have mammograms or ultrasounds?

All women over the age of 40 are advised to have annual mammograms. In high risk patients (usually those with a strong family history of breast cancer), breast screening is recommended from an earlier age

 
Breast Biopsies

Biopsies are samples taken under guidance of the mammogram, sonar or MRI. These samples allow pathologists to confirm or rule out the presence of cancer in suspicious breast lumps

 
Bone Density (DEXA)

A bone density examination determines the density of minerals, particularly calcium in the bones. A low bone density indicates a risk for osteoporosis, fractures and spinal deformity

Who should have a bone density test?

  1. All women over the age of 50 should have a bone density test every 2- 3 years.
  2. Any adult who has a risk factor for osteoporosis(eg family history or prolonged corticosteroid use) or who has suffered a fracture of the wrist, ankle, hip or vertebra.
 
Breast Ultrasound

Provides an excellent real-time assessment of the anatomy of the breast. It is performed by the radiologist on most of our mammogram patients as an additional test. It is also used as an alternative to mammography in patients younger than 35. We use the best ultrasound machines with ultra high frequency probes to look for abnormalities. We believe that doing these hands-on studies also allows our doctors to interact with patients on a personal level which provides for a holistic approach to breast problems

 
Gynaecological Imaging
—In keeping with the gynaecological focus of the Parklane hospital, our department specializes in imaging of the female genital tract.
 
—We use Ultrasound and MRI scans to asses benign and malignant gynaecological conditions
 
—Hysterosalpingograms (HSGs) are tests to assess the uterus and fallopian tubes, most commonly in the work-up of infertility