A mammogram is an x-ray of breast tissue. The
breast is carefully positioned and gently compressed between 2 plates to
spread out the tissue evenly. An x-ray beam passes through the tissue
and creates an image that is stored on a photographic plate. A mammogram
produces less radiation than a standard chest x-ray.
In conventional mammography, the images are stored on photographic
film. New digital machines can now store the images electronically.
Chennai Breast Centre has the following options:
The era of full field digital imaging is
here. Going digital can extend our reach, conserve time and improve
care. Our centre has the state of the art full field digital
mammography machine, Lorad Selenia, with a high
resolution work floor station, first of its kind in Tamilnadu.
Selenia offers a detector size of 24 cm x 29 cm, the largest in the
industry, accommodating almost all breast sizes with a single
Advantages of having a digital mammogram at our
Digital mammography images can be viewed in seconds allowing the
mammographer to confirm proper positioning and reducing the
likelihood of having to come back for additional images.
Digital mammogram has the capability to acquire images in near real
time, to adjust contrast levels, image manipulation like
magnification for improved decision making. This also results in
fewer retakes that may be required otherwise.
Better Accuracy and Lower Radiation
Going digital ensures that there is a better detection and
diagnostic capabilities at a lower dose of radiation, particularly
in the 40-50 age group.
Digital Storage and Transfer
Going digital also means that we can electronically archive, and
retrieve at any time without the risk of losing or damaging films.
Images can also be sent electronically anywhere for second opinions
without loss of information.
Storing it digitally creates an enormous database, which is useful
to teach and train the younger generation.
To make it more comfortable we have the option
to use mammopad.
- Less Discomfort
Mammopads are available to minimize
discomfort during the procedure.
Pain, or fear of pain, is cited as one of the main reasons why 40
percent of women over the age of 40 do not get their annual
screening mammograms. The Mammopad® breast cushion is a soft,
foam pad that helps minimize discomfort during a screening
mammography. The cushion is placed on the imaging receptor, creating
a warmer, softer surface between the woman and the mammography
Clinical studies show that use of Mammopad reduces discomfort by
50% for three out of four women.
SecurViewDX diagnostic workstations are
dedicated digital mammography review stations with efficient
workflow and image manipulation tools for the radiologist.
High frequency ultrasound is used for
diagnosis and also used to guide interventional procedures. The
centre is equipped with Alpha 6 from Aloka Japan, and Sonosite. Both
the machines have special features that gives excellent quality
images for accurate imaging.
Benefits of ultrasound
Ultrasound is particularly useful for assessing symptoms in
the following situations
- It is quick, painless and does not involve any radiation.
- It rapidly distinguishes fluid filled cysts from solid lumps.
- It accurately documents the size and shape of an abnormality.
- It provides a valuable first impression as to whether solid
lumps look benign, indeterminate or obviously malignant. This
may influence the selection and timing of subsequent tests.
- It guides needle biopsy making this procedure quick, accurate
- Young women less than 35 years of age.
- Assessment of very lumpy, dense breast tissue that is not
well seen on mammorams.
- Women with implants
- Breast infection to exclude an abscess