Breast screening helps to assess breast health in men and women. Since breast cancer rarely presents signs or symptoms in its early stages, regular imaging and evaluation are crucial. While mammography is the most recognized form of breast screening, there are additional examinations and interventions your doctor may recommend.
Insight Medical Imaging provides a comprehensive range of imaging services to evaluate breast-related diseases including ultrasound, nuclear medicine, breast MRI, and minimally invasive alternatives to surgical biopsy, such as core needle aspiration, wire localization, and more.
Our men’s and women’s imaging services are fully accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiology, part of the Alberta Society of Radiologists (ASR) breast imaging database program, and coordinated by Alberta Health Services breast cancer screening program.
All our breast screening facilities have dedicated medical professionals and radiologists on hand five days a week (Monday to Friday) who are qualified to perform a diagnostic follow-up if required.
If you choose Insight for your screening exam and our radiologist recommends additional imaging, we can usually perform it the same day, so you don’t have to coordinate a follow-up exam. This flexibility reduces stress on our patients and provides referring doctors with time-sensitive information as soon as possible.
Why I Have Been Referred by my Doctor
Your doctor may refer you to Insight Medical Imaging for a breast imaging exam to:
- Examine breast tissue even though breast disease symptoms may not be present
- Evaluate abnormal findings following a physical exam, such as lumps, bumps, nipple discharge, differences in breast shape or size, or changes to breast skin, including redness, pitting, peeling, or dimpling
- Diagnose breast cancer and detail tumor development, location, and type
- Assess you if you have a family history of breast cancer
- Evaluate the impact of chemotherapy
- Assess breast implant integrity and check for complications
Choosing Your Breast Screening Location
When booking your exam, you have the option of choosing our dedicated breast health clinic, Lendrum Women’s Imaging. Insight Medical Imaging specifically designed this state-of-the-art facility with our breast imaging patients in mind.
When you visit Lendrum Women’s Imaging, you will find a spacious clinic with a private waiting area, comfortable seating, beverage bar, and other small details to make your exam less stressful.
Screening for Breast Cancer
Early detection is the best defence against breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about your breast health and discuss the benefits of non-invasive screening exams. We recommend regular screening mammograms, routine physical examinations, and breast self-awareness.
Adopting healthier lifestyle choices has also been shown to reduce your risk for breast cancer. You know your body better than anyone; if something doesn’t look or feel right, don’t panic.
Most women have some lumps in their breasts, and many are benign (non-cancerous). Lumps can be caused by several non-cancerous factors such as regular hormonal changes, an injury, or a breast cyst. The first step in prevention is contacting your doctor to start a conversation.
Being prepared for your breast screening helps us take the best possible samples for diagnosis. Learn more about exam preparation and find the clinic most convenient for you.