For mammograms (breast diagnostics), three different imaging techniques are available. Age, medical history and the issue involved are indicators for examination using one or more methods.
Digital mammography screening is the main examination method used for breast diagnostics. It is used both for the early detection of breast cancer and the assessment of clinical symptoms.
For this reason, a nationwide screening programme has been set up, which allows women aged between 50 and 69 to be tested for breast cancer free of charge.
However, even outside this age group, mammography screenings are very important for assessing symptoms, or in after-care examinations.
We carry out all mammography screenings with direct digital technology. Neither films nor foils are used for imaging, so that the X-rays are converted into images with virtually no losses. This results in a significant dosage reduction. Chest compression continues to play an important role, as it makes a significant contribution to the reduction of the dose and the improvement of the image quality.
All images are archived digitally, and can be retrieved at any time for comparative purposes.
An ultrasound examination is usually carried out in addition to the mammography screening. Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast is carried out in special circumstances.
A galactography may be carried out for further investigation, if one of the lacteal ducts produces a (bloody) discharge. The relevant duct is injected with a contrast agent, and a mammography screening is then carried out.
Mammosonography (ultrasound) is usually the primary method of investigation for women under 40. It should be carried out as a supplement to mammography. The examination can also be carried out during pregnancy, without any problems.
Sonography is excellently suitable for clarifying test findings. Cysts can be easily distinguished from solid focal lesions. Spatial resolution and contrast have improved continuously over the past few years. In addition to mammary gland tissue examination, imaging of the armpit lymph nodes can also be performed. Sonography cannot detect micro-calcifications, and therefore only plays a minor role in early detection.
Breast MRI has a very high sensitivity and specificity rate for the detection of malignant findings. The method is becoming increasingly important in breast diagnostics.
There are a number of indications with scientifically proven benefits. Only the indications in bold type are eligible under the statutory health insurance cover. We will gladly advise you on the appropriate use of breast MRT.