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Mammography & Sonomammography    

    Every woman should have a mammogram at age 40, and every year thereafter. If you have a family history of breast cancer, please check with your physician about when you should start having mammograms.

    Mammography is an x-ray procedure that uses a very low dose of radiation to look at the inner structures of your breasts. A mammogram can reveal cancerous growths that are too small to be felt by you or your physician.

    Ultrasonography & Doppler examination are routinely conjoining the mammographic examination for higher efficacy.

Preparation/instructions

    When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

    Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call (202) 336 3310 for the Mohandeseen branch, or (202) 417 5556 for the Heliopolis branch.

Instructions

    If your breasts are especially tender at certain times during your menstrual cycle, try to schedule your mammogram at a time of the month when your breasts are least tender.

    If you have had a previous mammogram or sonomammogram, please bring those mammograms with you on the day of the exam so that they can be compared with the mammogram being done that day.

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The procedure

    The test takes between 20-60 minutes depending on the exact exam being performed.

    A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast, taken with a special machine that uses a small amount of radiation. A specially-trained technologist positions your breast between two plastic plates. For a few seconds, pressure is applied to flatten the breast and get a good, clear picture. Two pictures are usually taken of each breast. Some women report discomfort, but it only lasts a few seconds. A firm compression is an important part of a high quality exam.

    You will then be directed to the sonomammography room where a radiologist will perform an ultrasound examination of both breasts. This is done by applying a thin layer of gel over the examined breast and images of all the breast are taken. Your axilla is also examined during the procedure for proper assessment of the nearby lymph nodes.

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After Care

    After your test, you may resume your normal activities. Your physician will discuss the results of the mammogram with you.

     Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

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Fine Needle Aspiration or Breast Core biopsy

    These procedures are ordered to obtain breast tissue due to an abnormality seen on your mammogram or ultrasound. The tissue should be sent to a pathologist for diagnosis.

Preparation / instructions

    When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

    Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call (202) 336 3310 for the Mohandeseen branch, or (202) 417 5556 for the Heliopolis branch.

    Since this is not a surgical procedure there are no eating or drinking restrictions.

    Medications can be taken prior to your test with the exception of aspirin. If aspirin is consumed within 48 hours prior to the procedure please inform the radiologist.

    Allergies to local anaesthetics should be discussed with the radiologist prior to the procedure so that an alternative medication may be used.

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The procedure

    The procedure can take between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the complexity of the abmormality being biopsied.

    Fine needle aspiration or core biopsy is done in the Mammography area and is performed by the mammography radiologist. It may be done with x-ray or ultrasound guidance, depending on your abnormality. Local anesthetic (numbing medication) will be used in the breast if you are not allergic to it.

    The biopsy needle will be inserted into the abnormal areas several times in order to obtain enough tissue for diagnosis. Needle core breast biopsy is relatively pain-free for the patient. After the procedure, a bandage will be placed on the needle site.

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After Care

    You may leave the center immediately after the procedure is finished. You may return to your work or other activities on the day of your biopsy if those activities do not involve heavy lifting or strenuous athletics. You may resume all normal activities the next day.
 

 Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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