What is a mammogram?
Digital mammography is a safe computerized medical imaging technique, that uses X-rays in low doses, to obtain a high resolution image of the internal structure of the breast. This allows the detection of benign or malignant tumors and changes in breast tissue.
What is the Quebec Breast Cancer Screening Program (PQDCS)?
The PQDCS is specifically designed for women aged 50 to 74 who are covered by the public health insurance plan in Quebec (RAMQ).
If you are a woman in Quebec aged 50 to 74, you have likely already received or will receive a personalized letter by mail inviting you to participate in the PQDCS. This letter is sent every 2 years.
This invitation letter serves as your prescription for a screening mammogram. It includes information about the program and how to schedule an appointment for a mammogram at one of our designated screening centers (CDD).
Women who have previously had breast cancer are not eligible for the PQDCS. They should have personalized medical follow-up tailored to their situation.
Women under 50 and over 74 should consult their doctor to obtain a prescription.
N.B.: The program is now accessible to women aged 50 to 74.
Role of the Radiologist
Examination duration 15 to 20 minutes * If there are mammary prostheses, the examination may last up to 40 minutes.
Examinations COVERED by the RAMQ
No deodorant, antiperspirant, powder or lotion under the arms or breasts.
Avoiding beverages and foods containing caffeine (cola, coffee, chocolate, tea) for 5-7 days before the mammography may help reduce the discomfort and sensitivity of the breast. If you wish, you may take a Tylenol or Advil tablet an hour before the exam, to reduce sensitivity during compression.
It is best not to have a mammography 7 to 10 days before menstruation due to an increased sensitivity of the breasts during this period.
If you have had a mammogram at a different center than Radimed, it is crucial to check if your images are available on the DSQ (Dossier Santé Québec) with that center. Otherwise, it is recommended to bring a CD containing the images from your previous exams. This step will facilitate the work of the radiologist by enabling them to compare the images, and if necessary, it could spare you from undergoing additional examinations.