We have state-of-the art full field DR digital mammography which emits significantly less radiation than traditional mammography and provides more accurate results.
QEHC has been through the rigorous mammography accreditation process that allows us to have the status of an official Accredited Breast Cancer Detection Centre.
The earlier cancer is detected, the more treatment options are available and the better the outcome. Mammography can detect a lump as early as two years before it can be felt.
Mammograms are recognized as safe and reliable tests using low-dose x-rays as a way of detecting early breast cancer in women without symptoms, and to detect abnormalities and diagnose breast cancer in women experiencing symptoms. The PQDCS (Québec breast cancer screening program) invites all women aged 50 to 69 to take advantage of this test every two years. Women of this age group who take part in screening are at a lower risk of dying from breast cancer. This has been confirmed by numerous scientific studies and the results of the Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program If you have received a letter from the PQDCS, please make sure you have it with you at the time of your appointment.
The mammography technician positions your breast on a platform and gently compresses it. Compression is used so that small abnormalities are not obscured by overlapping breast tissue and allows us to use lower x-ray doses and improve the accuracy of the imaging.
The exam takes approximately 15 minutes, and you should not experience side-effects.
Before scheduling your mammogram, discuss any prior surgeries, hormone use, or family or personal history of breast cancer with your doctor. It’s best to schedule your mammogram during the first or second week following your period. Avoid scheduling your mammogram the week before your period, as your breasts may be tender.
Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, or creams under your arms or on your breasts before your mammogram. Metallic particles in powders and deodorants could be visible on your mammogram and cause confusion.
Avoiding drinks and food that contain caffeine, such as coffee, cola and chocolate, for 5–7 days before mammography may also help reduce discomfort.
Read more on the Canadian Cancer Society website
Cost: Covered by RAMQ
Our team of leading radiologists and technologists specialize in medical imaging procedures, ensuring that your tests are expertly conducted and interpreted in compliance with the highest standards.
You’ll benefit from rapid reporting, with results sent directly to your referring physician.
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
For an appointment please call us at (514) 485-5115, Monday to Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
*All imaging exams require a physician's referral.