Screening Mammography

*If you are pregnant or suspect you may be, further consultation is required by your physician, or the technologist before proceeding with all imaging examinations.*


What is Mammography?

Mammography is the study of the breast using x-ray, the actual exam is called a mammogram .  Screening Mammography of the breasts are used for women who have no signs or symptoms of breast cancer.

There are two types of mammograms;

  • A screening mammogram is ordered for women who have no problems with their breasts. It consists of two x-ray views of each breast.
  • A diagnostic mammogram is for evaluation of new abnormalities or of patients with a past abnormality requiring follow-up (i.e., a woman with breast cancer treated with lumpectomy).  Additional x-rays from other angles or special views of certain areas are taken.

For screening mammography preparation: No deodorants, no perfumes or powders.

Alberta Health Services recommends screening annually for women ages 40 and older  Not sure if a screening is necessary, click here.

We provide this service to women and you may not need a referral from your Doctor.

Breast Cancer Screen Guidelines

Age 50-74

  • Able to self-refer
  • No previous mammogram needed to self-refer
  • Screening recommended every two years

Age 40-49

  • Physician referral needed for initial mammogram only
  • Able to self-refer if patient has had previous mammogram
  • Screening recommended annually for this age group

Age 75+

  • Physician referral is needed
  • Screening recommended every two years or as discussed with health care provider

Under Age 40 (High Risk Population)

  • Patient needs to be referred to a diagnostic centre
  • High risk program

** Patients referred (or self-referring) for a screening mammogram must not have had a mammogram within the previous 12 months.

** Patients with symptomatic breasts (a specific symptom in which they are being referred for a mammogram) are not eligible for screening mammogram.

** Patients with breast surgery (augmentation or reduction) are able to be screened following the above guidelines if they are not considered to be in the high risk population.

If you do not fit this criteria, please speak with your Doctor about this important Screening Program or Diagnostic Mammography.