Women deserve certainty with regard to their breast health. Smallest changes in the mammary gland tissue can be detected with a mammogram long before these changes can be palpated. Every two years, women from their 40th year of life can take advantage of a free mammography screening through the Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme. We have state-of-the-art technologies (2D micro-dose, 3D tomosynthesis) at our disposal. Our experts decide which examination method is optimally suited for you.
About the appointment
Breast health at a glance
Options for state-of-the-art mammograms
2D micro-dose mammogram
Radiation exposure from a mammogram can be reduced by 60 percent with a 2D-low-dose scan – which is beneficial in case frequent examinations are required. During a mammogram, the breast is screened with X‑ray radiation. Many women with very dense breast tissue or a high genetic risk of breast cancer require screenings in shorter intervals than two years.
Tomosynthesis is a highly precise, gentle and comfortable breast cancer screening method and recommended in case of dense breast tissue or high cancer risk. With this type of scan, the smallest changes, lumps or hardened tissues can be precisely located and depicted in 3D.
Well-informed in all matters
Requirements for a mammogram
- Please do not forget to bring your e‑card.
- Please also bring your mammogram invitation. We also need a referral from your doctor except for mammogram screenings.
- Previous images and findings must be submitted.
Procedure for a mammogram
- The examination takes about 5 minutes.
- It is performed in a standing position. The breast must be briefly compressed for optimal image quality.
- As a service covered by statutory health insurance, a mammogram can also be performed more frequently than within the context of the Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme in case of referral due to ailments or hereditary risk.
- The optimal time for a mammogram is directly after menstruation as the breast is then least sensitive to pain.
- Please remove any jewellery and piercings in the examination area.
- We evaluate mammograms based on the four-eyes principle: Two specialist physicians for radiology assess the images.
Waiting time for an appointment
Costs & reimbursement
The risk of breast cancer increases with advancing years. The earlier such an illness is discovered, the better the chances of recovery. For this reason, the National Breast Cancer Early Detection Programme has been established for women between the ages of 45 and 69. We are a competence centre for this type of screening.
Findings are examined by two radiologists.
Tactile diagnosis is a supplementary method of examination in the early detection of breast cancer and is aimed at women of all ages.
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