Mammography uses a low-dose X-ray to examine breast tissue, and plays an important role in the early detection of breast cancer. Screening mammography can show changes in the breast before a patient or physician can feel a lump. Diagnostic mammography refers to special views that may be performed if you feel a lump or if there are any new findings on your screening mammogram.

Mammograms are recommended annually for women over 40. If you are between 50 and 69 years old, you do not need a physician referral.

How to prepare

What is iCAD?

iCAD — or Computer Assisted Detection — is one of the most effective solutions for early breast cancer detection. iCAD analyzes your mammogram and brings specific findings, if any, to the attention of the radiologist for closer inspection. We use iCAD because it can detect cancer earlier than mammography alone.

iCAD is not currently covered by Alberta Health Care. We believe, however, this service should be available to everyone, which is why we offer it to all of our patients at no cost.

Know your results before you leave

We understand the anxiety these tests can produce. If you are asked to return for additional images after a screening mammogram or if you are having a diagnostic mammogram, the results of your tests — and recommendations for further evaluation — will be discussed with you before you leave the clinic.