Mammogram requires compression of the breast between two plates and is uncomfortable. Two views are usually obtained . With modern equipment the radiation dose is negligible. The benefit from having your mammogram far outweighs its risks. Women with implants can safely have a mammogram. For more information: www.cancerscreening.gov.au
Ultrasound may also be used in diagnosing breast lesions. It is painless and well tolerated by the patient. It is particularly helpful in younger women under the age of 40.
After analyzing your family history and current problem your breast surgeon may recommend a medicare non-rebatable MRI. Of course this will be discussed with you.