We appreciate you choosing ARYA STANA BONE & BREAST CARE as your healthcare provider. We are honoured and will do everything possible to provide you with the best care.
Preparing for your Appointment
What should you bring to your appointment
In order for you to be better served and provided with the best possible care, please bring the following items to your appointment:
- If you have one, a referral from your primary care Doctor.
- Bring the name, address and telephone number of your Doctor or other health care provider.
- Any necessary or related medical records.
- Any previous mammograms, breast ultrasounds or other related breast imaging results and reports thereof.
What you need to know before booking your mammogram
You do not require a referral from your Doctor.
Routine annual screening mammograms:
- Recommended in all women between the ages of 40 and 70.
- Can be done earlier if you have any concern or a family history of Breast Cancer, we can advise you.
- Can be done every second year beyond the age of 70.
A Breast Ultrasound maybe done in conjunction with your mammogram.
If you have a breast problem such as a lump, pain or nipple discharge you will have a more comprehensive examination, which may include a breast biopsy. Should you be asymptomatic and an abnormality or area of concern is detected on your routine mammogram, additional tests may be performed or recommended.
You may have a screening mammogram if you are asymptomatic, the goal here is to detect tumours that are too small to be felt and a diagnostic mammogram if you have signs or symptoms of breast disease or a personal history of Breast Cancer.
The best time to schedule your mammogram is when your breasts will be least tender, ideally 7-10 days after onset of menstruation.
During mammography, the breast tissue is compressed between two clear plastic plates for less than a minute. Compression of the breast tissue is vital to the accuracy of the mammogram and allows for a clear x-ray picture with the least amount of radiation. It is usually not uncomfortable but a few women may experience some discomfort only for the seconds that their breasts are compressed.
If you have sensitive breasts, especially try having a mammogram at a time of the month when your breasts will be least tender. Try to avoid the week right before your period. This will help lessen the discomfort. The best time to schedule your mammogram is 7-10 days after the onset of your last menstrual cycle. If you are worried about discomfort you may take a mild pain reliever about an hour before your mammogram.
Your prior mammograms and reports are necessary for comparison to identify any changes in your breast tissue. If your prior mammogram was not done at ARYA STANA BONE & BREAST CARE, you will need to make arrangements to obtain your films and reports from the facility where it was previously performed or have it sent to you or us so it is available at the time of your appointment.
If your prior films are not available at the time of your appointment the interpretation of your mammogram may be delayed or you may be required to return for additional tests.
On the day of your mammogram
Preferably wear a two-piece outfit so you only have to remove your top.
Do not use deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or your breasts. These products can show up on the mammogram and be mistaken for abnormalities.
Download Patient Forms
To save time you may download the patient information form and relevant medical questionnaires and complete these before arriving at your appointment.
You may also fax (086 230 2932) or email (email@example.com) these forms to us.
Please be advised that you are required to settle payment after your consultation.
Please note that your health insurance policy is a contract between you and the insurance provider; therefore, we cannot guarantee payment of your claim and must render the patient responsible for any services we offer.
Should you have a Breast Biopsy or Genetic Testing payment of the Pathologist Fees are separate and for your account with the Pathologist directly.
Payment can be made by cash or credit card (Master Card and VISA).
Please contact us on 021 794 1207 and we will advise you on our fees.
After your appointment, we invite you to return to our website and complete a patient survey to tell us about your experience.
Cancelling an Appointment
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment.
To cancel your appointment call us on 021 794 1207.
We look forward to seeing you at your next appointment!