Complete Breast Assessment
A Complete Breast Assessment is an option on Mayfair’s General Requisition that your doctor may order for you. It starts with Screening Mammography, an X-ray exam that provides detailed images of the internal structure of your breast tissue and can reveal changes that are too small for you or your doctor to feel.
Once the mammogram is complete, our Volpara software will determine your breast density score and your technologist will decide if an ultrasound is appropriate, such as a Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound or an Automated Breast Ultrasound.
Dense breast tissue is a clinical diagnosis that can only be assessed by mammography. Dense breasts have less fat and more glandular and connective tissue, which make a mammogram harder to read so smaller cancers may be hidden. Very dense breast tissue can also increase breast cancer risk.
A Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound may be booked as a supplement to a screening mammography for patients with extremely dense breast tissue (Volpara D score) or patients who have a high risk factor for breast cancer (first-degree relative diagnosed with breast cancer) combined with heterogeneously dense breast tissue (Volpara C score). For more information about breast density, read our Knowledge Centre article What are Dense Breasts?
Please note: When booking your initial appointment, we will check previous reports for your Volpara score. If one is not available, you will be booked for a Screening Mammography only and it will be determined whether an ultrasound is necessary. We will do our best to schedule this on the same day, but you may have to return another day for an ultrasound.
For more information on how to prepare and what happens during each exam, please click the links above.
Our newest technology, the GE Senographe Pristina Dueta mammography system, is now available at four locations in Calgary. Mayfair Diagnostics was the first to bring this technology to Western Canada – it gives patients the option to adjust their own level of breast compression during their mammogram.
For Your Appointment
Please ensure that you bring your requisition with to your appointment.Questions?
15-30 min. (Mammogram)
plus 15 min. (ABUS)
or 45 min. (handheld breast ultrasound)