Tomosíntesis Marbella

What is a mammogram?

Mamografía Marbella

Diagnostic Imaging technique

A mammogram is a safe technique in which is a picture of the breast is taken at very low doses of radiation. During the test, the breast is compressed to minimize exposure to radiation and to allow our specialists to see abnormalities that could not be detected otherwise. The test lasts between 10 to 20 minutes, and the results are available within 48 hours.


This routine test increases the cure rate by almost 90%.
Early detection prevents 30% of patients from undergoing chemotherapy.


Mamografía 3D Marbella

Breast Tomosynthesis, 3D Mammography

Performed at the same time as normal mammography, tomosynthesis (3D mammography) consists of volume reconstruction of slices of the breast, like a very thin (1 mm) slice scanner, with the aim of preventing overlapping of tissue.


Breast tomosynthesis, or 3D mammography, enables detection of 43% more cases of invasive breast cancer.



The mammogram is a simple and painless test

Although sometimes it can be unpleasant since it is necessary to put pressure on the breast in order to improve the quality of the image. In order to make sure that no part of the breast is left unexplored, there are usually two views taken for each breast:


1) Routine craniocaudal view (CC)
The mammography machine is in the upright position.


2) Mediolateral oblique view (MLO)
The mammography machine is at a 45-degree angle.


Technically, the mammogram is a breast x-ray that can detect lesions in very early or asymptomatic stages.

Mammography can detect lesions in the breast up to two years before they are palpable and before they have spread to the lymph nodes or to other organs.

When a tumour is detected in these early stages, it is possible to apply less aggressive treatments.

The dose of radiation used in mammography is minimal, so it is harmless.


Dr. Arrazola, Tomás
Especialista en Farmacia Hospitalaria
Especializado en terapia contra el cáncer, certificado por la Sociedad Americana de Farmacéuticos de Hospital

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