Department of Medical Imaging
Breast Imaging - Mammography
Our Breast Imaging centre is equipped with 4 state-of-the-art digital mammography units, all of which are accredited by the Canadian Association of Radiologists (CAR) Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) and one prone stereotactic breast biopsy unit. Breast Ultrasound is also available in the main department (level 2). Our comfortable environment and professional staff will make you feel at ease. All of our technologists are registered with the College of Medical Radiation and Imaging Technologists of Ontario.
If you are premenopausal, your booking should coincide with day 1 to day 14 of your menstrual cycle. This helps to minimize the discomfort of the breast compression and enables accurate interpretation of the images.
If you have had previous mammograms at another healthcare facility please inform your doctor, so arrangements can be made to have them available to us for comparison purposes.
Please refrain from ingesting caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate) for 72 hours prior to your appointment time to help minimize discomfort of breast compression during the examination (you can drink decaffeinated coffee, tea, or soft drinks).
On the Day of the Mammogram
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.
Wear a two-piece outfit. You will be asked to remove your top and bra.
Do not use deodorants, antiperspirants, body lotions or talcum powders. Metals in these products can show up on the X-ray picture.
Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP)
The CAR Mammography Accreditation Program (MAP) is an initiative instituted over 20 years ago to ensure that the quality of mammography images meets the highest standards. This voluntary program offers radiologists the opportunity for peer review and evaluation of their facility's staff qualifications, equipment performance, quality control and quality assurance programs, image quality, dose and processor quality control.
Patient safety through continuous quality improvement is the objective of MAP. It is in everyone's best interest to ensure that, when a patient has a mammogram, it is completed in a manner that exposes him or her to the lowest possible radiation dose and risk, and ultimately results in an image that the radiologist can accurately interpret.
Facilities seeking accreditation by the CAR MAP are assessed for compliance in the four quality areas of the program:
Personnel Requirements: The RIGHT PEOPLE to conduct a quality examination and oversee the rendering of optimal diagnostic images.
Quality Control: The APPROPRIATE TESTS are completed through the implementation of a quality assurance program and monitored QC to ensure the acquisition and presentation of optimal quality medical images.
Equipment Specifications: The RIGHT EQUIPMENT operating in the manner it was intended.
Breast Imaging Quality: A SYSTEMATIC IMAGE ASSESSMENT by a qualified reviewer, ensuring the facility regularly evaluates the quality of its diagnostic images and the assiciated radiation doses.
These quality areas are assessed through the different stages of the accreditation process: the application, image evaluation as well as the maintenance of accreditation status and then the cycle begins anew.
Today, over 500 facilities enjoy the benefits of being accredited through the CAR, and this number continues to grow. Facilities successfully completing all the CAR requirements will be granted accreditation for a three-year period and will be listed on the CAR website.