Mammography is the only accepted test for the diagnosis of breast cancer, the most prevalent among Spanish women. It allows cancer to be detected in its initial phase and even before symptoms begin.
At Centro de Mama de Tenerife they have the latest technology for diagnosing breast disease, the tests are carried out without unnecessary waiting and, in addition, they offer you the results immediately. Dr. Manuel Machado explains the results personally to all patients.
What is a digital mammography?
Mammography uses the same technique as conventional mammography, but instead of using film, X-rays are transformed into electronic signals sent to a computer so that they can be stored, consulted or downloaded in the future. In digital mammography the radiation dose is reduced with respect to the analog or traditional system. It has better penetration in very dense breasts and visualization of microcalcifications. The digital image is taken in less minutes. It is the most effective method for detecting breast cancer in women over 50 years old.
Who should have a mammography?
Women should start having mammograms starting at age 40, or even earlier if they think they are at risk for breast cancer.
How is a mammography done?
This test lasts approximately 15 minutes and a very simple process is followed to perform it: The patient stands in front of the machine and one of the techniques will place the breast between two plates that will keep her immobile while the image is taken.