Breast Cancer


Better detect cancer in time

Breast Cancer

Digital mammography is a medical imaging technique which uses X-rays to provide an image of the internal structure of the breast.

Mammograms are used to detect abnormal growths and changes in the breast tissue in women who have no signs or symptoms or in women who have signs or symptoms that need to be investigated, such a lump, pain or nipple discharge.

During mammography each breast is positioned on a platform and gradually compressed with a paddle. The compression allows for a better visualization of the breast tissue and the use of lower radiation dose and increases sharpness of the images.

For various reasons (technical and/or diagnostic), it is possible that the radiologist may require you to return for additional images and/or alternate positions.

A bilateral mammogram takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. If you have breast implants, the exam may take longer, up to 40 minutes.

Risk factors

It is estimated that in 2014, 24,400 women were diagnosed with breast cancer. This represents 26% of all new cancer cases among women in 2014. In addition, about 5,000 Canadian women died from breast cancer in 2014, this represent 14% of women’s death caused by cancer in 2014.

On average, every day, 67 Canadian women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 14 of them die.

As for men, it is estimated that 210 men were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and that 60 of them died.


  • Screening

  • Presence of a palpable mass

  • Abnormality of skin and nipple

  • High risk due to family history

  • Abnormal discharge

24 400

Canadian women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014

5 000

Canadian women died from breast cancer in 2014


Canadian women receive a breast cancer diagnosis daily


Canadian women die of breast cancer every day

Mammography at Physimed

Physimed’s Medical Imaging Center is equipped with a GE Senographe Essential which offers the advantage of the latest digital technology and provides the highest image quality at a low radiation dose.

Physimed Imaging is a designated screening center by the Ministère de la Santé et des Services Sociaux du Québec. Our comprehensive program offers a complete range of breast imaging services such as digital mammography, ultrasound and MRI in a state-of-the-art facility.

Physimed’s team of radiologists is affiliated to McGill University hospitals. Therefore, our patients benefit from privileged corridor of services for referral to specialists and follow-up for abnormal results (when needed).

Please note that the fees for mammography exams are covered by the RAMQ.

If you have a prescription for a mammography exam, you can call 514 747-8192 to book an appointment. We will quickly forward your results to your physician.