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Please note: Patients who attend for their medical assessment presenting with flu-like symptoms or have recently travelled from a COVID hotspot may be turned away.


What is mammography

A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breasts to look for any abnormalities in the breast tissue.

A mammogram is able to determine whether an abnormality in the breast tissue is benign, where no further testing is needed, or potentially malignant requiring further investigation.

Breast tomosynthesis (3D mammography) is an advanced form of mammography, providing 3D imaging of the breast, allowing for greater detection of any abnormalities.

Why have I been referred for a mammogram?

A mammogram is done in a number of settings:

  • As part of routine screening for breast cancer
  • Due to an abnormality detected on physical assessment of your breasts by yourself or by your doctor

How do I prepare for a mammogram?

The breasts are compressed between two plates to take the image and can be tender to examine around the time of menstruation. Wait until 1 week after the start of your period to book the scan.

If you have breast implants, please inform us at the time of booking, as extra time will be needed to complete the scan.
The following can affect the quality of the image so avoid these substances prior to your scan:

  • deodorant
  • perfume
  • talcum powder

We recommend wearing a two piece outfit, so you are required to only remove your top. A gown will be provided.

What happens during a mammogram?

A radiographer who specialises in mammography will ask you a few questions such as any current symptoms, details of past scans and if there is a family history of breast cancer.

Each breast will be examined one at a time by being placed between two specialised plates and compressed for a few seconds whilst the X-ray is being taken. The compression improves the quality of the image, making it easier to detect an abnormality.

How long will my mammogram take?

A standard diagnostic mammogram takes 10-15 minutes. If you have breast implants, the scan may take up to 30 minutes to ensure clear images are taken.

What are the risks of a mammogram?

Mammography uses X-rays so it comes with the same risks of radiation as an X-ray scan. The dose of radiation used is low making the risks rare.
The risks associated with radiation include:

  • A small increase in the risk of developing cancer. This low risk is outweighed by the benefit of the scan itself in detecting breast cancer.

When do I get my mammogram results?

Your scan will be reviewed by our radiologist (imaging specialist doctor) and the report will be sent to your doctor as soon as possible. Please see your doctor to discuss the results.

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