Mammography and breast ultrasound

Mammography, breast ultrasound and palpation provide an accurate and reliable account of the breast tissue and its potential abnormalities.

The importance of regular mammography and ultrasound examinations

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. When detected early, a small tumour is easy to treat with surgery before it has a chance to spread. According to extensive long-term research in Sweden, women who have their breasts checked every two years live six years longer than those who don’t.

Reliable and convenient mammography

Mammography, which means a breast X-ray, is the primary method for diagnosing a variety of abnormalities. It takes only 20 minutes, with no special preparation needed. If your breasts become sore during menstruation, it is best to time the procedure at another phase of your cycle.

During mammography, a radiology nurse will take photos of both your breasts. Your breasts will be compressed for a short period between two plates to enable detailed and clear images. Sufficient compression is required for a successful examination.

Once the photos have been taken, a radiologist performs an ultrasound examination. If a potential abnormality is found, a needle biopsy is done immediately for quicker access to further treatment.

Start with a doctor's appointment

You always need a referral from your doctor to have a mammography. We recommend that you speak to your doctor about regular examinations, too. Radiologists at your service here in Femeda are Sami Kiiskinen, Mia Kiuru, Tiina Liljamo-Saarikivi and Marja Rinne.