Thanks to incredible community support through events like Run for Mom, Whitehorse General Hospital is home to state-of-the-art mammography in a safe, comfortable and relaxing environment. Yukoners are fortunate to have the very latest in digital mammography equipment that delivers high quality images while reducing radiation dose, exam times and the need for call back appointments.
How it Works
A mammography exam is a low dose X-ray of the breast. This test can be safely done on women or men where there is clinical concern or a strong family history of breast disease. Mammography is the best method of early detection as it can detect breast cancers before they can be felt.
How to Prepare
On the day of your exam:
- Be sure to arrive 15 minutes before your appointment
- Bring your Yukon health care card
- Go directly to the Medical Imaging reception (across from Admitting & Discharge) in the main atrium to check-in
- Do not use deodorant, body powder or lotion on your breast and underarm areas (aerosol deodorant is provided after your mammogram is completed)
- Wear a two-piece outfit (for your comfort)
What to Expect
A mammogram takes about 30 minutes. Our skilled, knowledgeable and friendly mammography technologist will help you throughout the exam and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
A screening mammogram can be ordered by your physician – or if you are over the age of 40 (and do not have any specific breast concerns) you can self-refer. In order to perform a mammogram, you will need to undress from the waist up. The breast is placed on the mammography unit and a compression paddle will then come in contact with the breast to gently spreading the breast tissue out. This pressure lasts a few seconds while the X-ray is taken and will then release automatically. The compression does not harm the breast, but does help to produce a clear picture for the radiologist. Usually four images (two of each breast) are taken.
A diagnostic mammogram must be ordered by your physician and follows the same process described above. However, extra views of the affected breast and/or an ultrasound of the area may be needed.
For additional information about the Yukon's mammography program, breast cancer risks, mammography and details to help you decide whether a screening mammogram based on your age group is right for you, ask your health care provider.
Additionally, you can review WGH's Mammography Program Brochure (PDF) or visit Health Canada's mammography website.