Mammography is an x-ray examination of the breast, which can identify unusual changes which are sometimes not even seen by experienced gynaecologists.

The complete examination consists of two x-rays of each breast. The mammography is the worldwide gold-standard for the recognition of potential cancer in the development stage, enabling identification before it has developed to a palpable lump.

The mammography will be carried out with a special device that has been developed specifically for this purpose. Thereby, the breast will be compressed carefully into a special holding device. This may be unpleasant for the patient, but should not cause pain. Through this compression of the glandular breast tissue, the radiation dose will be minimised and the picture quality will be improved as well.

In our practice, digital mammography is implemented. This is the most modern and highly diagnostic examination technique, which also uses less radiation than conventional picture technology.

Furthermore this process offers an extensive clinical examination of the breast, even though other doctors may previously have undertaken examinations. Additionally a high-resolution ultrasonography could be necessary.

The risk of triggering a breast cancer by mammography is significantly lower than the risk of overlooking the symptoms of cancer at an early stage when it is still treatable.

When should the mammography be carried out?

A Mammography should be carried out in the first half of the monthly cycle, after menstruation, because at this stage the glandular tissue is loosened clearly. Thereby the breast can be compressed more easily in the unit and the examination is less unpleasant. The quality of the pictures is improved.

Breast cancer?

Every year about 46.000 women develop breast cancer, 19.000 women die from the disease. In rare cases men can develop this cancer. Breast cancer is the most common cancer for women, about one in ten develop this cancer during their lives. If the tumour is recognized at an early stage, it can be treated. The self-examination and the annual medical check-up are essential for the early diagnosis.

First symptoms (you should consult a doctor immediately if recognising these symptoms):

  • Lumps or hardening of the breasts
  • size differences in the breasts
  • the breasts react differently when raising your arms
  • retracted skin at one spot or retracted nipple
  • change of the nipple
  • one-sided clear water- or bloody secretion from the nipple
  • sudden redness that does not fade away
  • lumps in the armpit
  • sudden or sneaking pain