Mammography

A mammography uses X-rays to produce images of the internal breast structure. The exam is used to detect anomalies such as cysts and cancer tumours. The mammography is also used for screening purposes and is part of the Ontario Breast Screening Program.

Mammography exams are done by the Diagnostic Imaging Department.

How to access our services?

  • You must have a referral from your family doctor to get an appointment for this test.

About The Program

Before your appointment

  1. Your family doctor will fax us a request – please make sure that your contact information is accurate so we may call you.
  2. We will call you within 2 to 3 weeks to schedule an appointment, which will take place a few weeks later. Therefore, it could take up to 6 weeks between your doctor’s referral and your appointment at HGH Diagnostic Imaging.
  3. If you had a mammography elsewhere in the past 10 years, please obtain the following from your healthcare provider:
    1. Films or copies of the digital images on a CD or DVD. Ask them to make the CD or DVD DICOM-compatible. Bring to HGH before your appointment.
    2. A copy of the mammography reports.
  4. You will receive a reminder a few days before your appointment.

What to bring

  • Health Card

When your arrive

  • Please register at the admission desk 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment.
  • You will have to remove your clothes from the waist up and wear a hospital gown. If you prefer to wear your own clothes, you may bring a robe.
  • You will have to take off your necklaces and earrings.

Preparation and procedure

  • Please do not wear deodorant or powder, as these products may appear as calcium spots on the mammography.
  • During the exam, you are standing and the breast to be examined is placed and compressed between two plates. The compression is required to produce good quality images of the internal breast structure.
  • The exam may cause some pain and discomfort.
  • The exam takes about 15 minutes.

Test results

  • Radiology technologists are not able to give you the results of your exam. Results will be sent to your physician within 10 working days.
  • You must book an appointment with your family doctor or healthcare professional who sent us the referral to discuss your test results.
  • If the examination was done through Ontario’s Breast Cancer Screening Program, you will receive a letter with your test results within 2 weeks.