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Digital Mammography

Cancer is a disease that usually affects Canadians aged 50 and older, but it can occur at any age. As breast cancer affects one in eight women and 1% of all men, we welcome women and men of all ages.
 
At HHCC, we use Digital Direct Radiography (DR), also known as Full Field Digital Mammography. Our site is fully accredited from the Canadian Association of Radiologists and a proud member of the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP). This is a fantastic program where women aged 50- 74 can self-refer to have a mammogram. No need to see a doctor. Just call us to make your own appointment!

This technology ensures our patients receive the most effective images with the best technology available. We were able to purchase the necessary equipment for this procedure thanks to generous community donors. 
 
One of the best things you can do, especially if you are considered at risk for breast cancer (women with a positive family history or dense breasts) is carry out regular, careful monthly breast self-examinations and visit your doctor routinely for a complete clinical examination. 

A mammogram is a diagnostic procedure that can detect abnormalities in the breast. A digital mammogram stores the images electronically on a computer, allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified, or manipulated for further evaluation. It is especially useful for providing more diagnostic information on patients with dense breast tissue.

Digital mammograms take as little as half the time of traditional exams and use a lower dose of radiation. The clarity of these images decreases the likelihood a woman will be called back for another exam, which reduces anxiety.

One of the best things you can do, especially if you are considered at risk for breast cancer (women with a positive family history or dense breasts) is carry out regular, careful monthly breast self-examinations and also to visit your doctor routinely for a complete clinical examination.
 
Your appointment
A doctor's referral is required for a mammogram. Please do not wear any deodorant or talcum powder on the day of your examination.

You will be asked to change into a gown in a private change room. The technologist will explain how the procedure is done, review your brief medical history, and answer any questions. Then you will be asked to stand in front of the mammography machine. The technologist will need to compress each breast for a few seconds while the digital image is being taken. This should not be painful, although it will be uncomfortable. Compression is extremely important as it provides a much clearer picture of the breast by separating the tissue. The compression does not damage the breast and produces no long-term discomfort. Once in a while, mild bruising may occur. 

Understanding your breasts
The Ontario Breast Screening Program is part of Cancer Care Ontario. They recommend that women become familiar with what is normal in their breasts - access more information.