Montreal Mammogram Screening & Testing
Phone: (514) 485-5115, Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fax: (514) 482-4042
*All mammography exams require a physician's referral OR a letter from the PQDCS (Québec Breast Cancer Screening Program), which is sent to all women as they reach 50 years of age.
2100, Marlowe Avenue, Ground floor
Montréal (Québec) H4A 3L5
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In 2018, the QEHC began using 3D technology for mammogram known as Tomosynthesis in its breast exams. This technology enables early detection of smaller invasive cancers and a reduction in recalls for additional views. Tomosynthesis improves patient care, translating into a higher probability of a successful outcome of a breast cancer diagnosis.
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.
Patients who have received a letter from the PQDCS please ensure to have this document at the time of the appointment.
The QEHC’s team of leading radiologists and technologists specialize in medical imaging procedures like mammogram ensuring that examinations are expertly conducted and interpreted in compliance with the highest standards.
Patients benefit from rapid reporting, with results sent directly to their referring physician.
Details About Mammogram
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 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.
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, through the CURE Foundation Breast Health Centre, has been through the rigorous mammography accreditation process that allows us to have the status of an official Accredited Breast Cancer Detection Centre.
What to expect from Mammogram
The mammography technician positions the breast on a platform and gently compresses it. Compression is used so that small abnormalities are not obscured by overlapping breast tissue and allows for the use lower X-ray doses to improve the accuracy of the imaging.
The exam takes approximately 15 minutes, and no side-effects should be experienced.
How to prepare for Mammogram
Before scheduling a mammogram, patients should discuss any prior surgeries, hormone use, or family or personal history of breast cancer with their doctor.
Mammograms are best scheduled during the first or second week following menstruation. Avoid scheduling your mammogram the week before menstruation.
Avoid using deodorants, antiperspirants, powders, lotions, or creams under the arms or on the breasts prior to the 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 3 days before mammography may also help reduce discomfort.
Read more on the Canadian Cancer Society website.