Mammogram

A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breasts used to find cancer. It’s all about piece of mind,. We aim to give you unambiguous answers and ensure that you are fully informed throughout your time in our department. Being tested for cancer can be a stressful experience but we endeavor to make it as comfortable and anxiety free as possible.

Mammogram Cost

We charge medical aid rates for all procedures. Most medical aids will pay for an annual mammogram out of a screening fund. This means that even if you have a limited plan, your mammogram will usually be covered by the Medical Aid.

Our reception staff will gladly assist you in finding out whether your Medical Aid will cover the procedure.

The cash price for a mammogram is R1612.50

We include the breast ultrasound as well as the tomosynthesis study in the mammogram tariff.

What is a Mammogram

A mammogram is a low radiation x-ray whereby each breast is imaged in two orientations. Although there is some compression of the breasts, it is substantially less than in the old days, especially with our new Tomosynthesis machine that can obtain images with hardly any compression at all.

Breast Tomosynthesis

Breast Tomosynthesis is the new gold standard in mammography. The Tomosynthesis machine is a special mammogram machine that can take 3D images of the breasts. This results in a more cancers being picked up while at the same time being more definitive in ruling out cancers in healthy patients. It involves less breast compression meaning less discomfort during your mammogram. Parklane Women’s Imaging Centre is one of the only practices in South Africa that uses the C-View reconstruction program that reduces the radiation dosage of a tomosynthesis scan to below that of a conventional mammogram.

3D Mammogram

Same as Tomosynthesis.

Mammogram Procedure

The radiographer (x-ray technician) will position each breast in the machine and take the pictures. It takes less than 60 seconds in total. The digital images are sent immediately through to the radiologist (x-ray doctor) who will look the images, compare them to previous mammograms and determine whether there are any abnormalities.

The radiologist will then perform a breast ultrasound on the patient. This also ensures personal contact between the radiologist and patient and gives the doctor a chance to discuss with the patient their history, mammogram findings and any concerns they may have.

 

Mammogram plus Ultrasound

A breast ultrasound (sonar) entails the radiologist using an ultrasound machine to examine each breast for cancers, , benign masses and lymphnodes. The reason we add it to our standard procedure is that ultrasound is better than mammography at penetrating dense (thick) breast tissue and identifying cancers that would be missed on mammography. It is also an excellent problem solver i.e. when an indeterminate picture is seen on mammography, the ultrasound is often definitive in showing whether something is benign or malignant.

By adding the ultrasound to the mammogram we greatly enhance our ability to find cancers or rule them out.

There is no extra charge for the ultrasound

Bone Density Test

The bone density test (DXA) is a special x-ray study designed to identify osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a disease whereby the bones are fragile due to excessive loss of calcium. Loss of calcium from the bones occurs as people age, and particularly in women after menopause.  A baseline bone density test should be done in all women at age 50, and thereafter every 2 – 3 years.

MRI Breast

MRI scan is the ultimate investigation for breast cancer. It is used as a regular screening test in high-risk patients (especially young women), as well as in established cancers to determine extent and to investigate tumor recurrence.

It can also be used in patients with ambiguous mammogram and ultrasound findings.

It is also the best test to evaluate breast prostheses for damage.

At Parklane, we offer dedicated breast MRI, including trained radiologists, specialized software and biopsy capabilities.