Breast Cancer Screening
Method: Palpation and mammography
Mammography is X-ray photography of the breast. It is performed using a specially designed X-ray machine for the breast. The breast is stretched thin and flat, then placed between two transparent plates to be photographed. Two images of both breasts are taken at different orientations, for a total of four images.
You are ineligible for breast cancer screening (group screening) if:
- You are pregnant or presumably pregnant.
- You are lactating.
- You have a curved spine or cannot stand up straight (about 7 minutes).
- You have artificial objects in your breast (e.g., breast implants, etc.)
- You have a pacemaker, VP (ventricularperitoneal) shunt, or port (subcutaneous implantable drug infusion device) in your body.
- You are undergoing treatment for thoracic surgery (rib fractures, contusions, etc.)
- You are undergoing treatment for a breast disease.