"The Clinic has a new state-of-the-art digital mammograph that performs a three-dimensional study of the breast, allowing for greater diagnostic accuracy".


Mammography is the ideal test in most cases for the study of the mammary gland.

Breast cancer is successfully treated when detected at an early stage, it is essential to use diagnostic techniques to detect it as soon as possible. To this end, screening tests are performed periodically on women from the age of 40 onwards.

This means that most breast tumors detected today are in very early stages, which greatly increases the chances of success.

The Clinica has in the facilities of the Mammary Pathology Area, a last generation digital mammograph, which makes possible to practice all the necessary tests and to obtain the diagnosis in less than 48 hours.

The direct digital mammography obtains images of very good quality and resolution reducing the dose of radiation that the patient receives.

Patients with breast implants also benefit from this technology. Likewise, in the explorations of women under 50 years of age with dense breasts, the detection of breast cancer is improved with respect to analogical technology.

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When is mammography indicated?

Normally a woman should have her first study or "baseline" at age 40.

This study should be done at a younger age if there are any signs or symptoms of the above or a family history of breast cancer.

After the basal mammography study, a woman should have a mammogram every one or two years until the age of 50 (the exact frequency should be discussed with your doctor).

After age 50, an annual mammogram is recommended.

Most frequent indications of this test:

  • Diagnostic study of breast cancer.
  • Fibrocystic mastopathy.
  • Breast nodule.
  • Breast cysts.

Do you have any of these diseases?

You may need to have a mammogram

How is mammography performed?

X-rays are obtained by placing the breast on a special machine called a mammograph, which is designed to pass the beam of rays through the breast and capture the image on x-ray-sensitive film.

For each exposure, the breast is held in compression so that the image is as clear and sharp as possible.

Often, the breast is also examined using tomosynthesis, which allows a multiplanar study of the breast, avoiding overlapping structures. In this way, hidden tumours can be detected in conventional mammography. For this purpose, ultrasound is also often used, and thus make the most reliable and accurate diagnosis of the breast.

If you have any previous mammograms, it is very important to take them for comparison with the current study.

On the day of the scan, you should not use talcum powder, perfumes or deodorants. A comfortable bra is recommended.

You may continue your usual medication, unless otherwise instructed.

Where do we do it?


The Breast Pathology Area
of the Clínica Universidad de Navarra

The Clinic is the most technologically advanced private hospital in Spain in a single center. For this reason, the Breast Pathology Area is able to facilitate diagnosis 24 hours after performing the tests and begin treatment in approximately 48 hours.

Our nursing staff is specialized in breast pathology and performs patient education, telephone follow-up and advice, before and after surgery.

What diseases do we treat?

  • Breast Cancer
  • Inflammatory diseases of the breast
  • Benign tumors: fibrocystic mastopathy, breast fibroadenoma, etc.
  • Risk lesions that require vigilance
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Why at the Clinica?

  • Prestigious professionals who are international references.
  • Speed in the diagnosis and treatment of breast problems.
  • Specialized nursing for the best care of our patients.