When your doctor has requested Mammography or a mammogram, you will come to Radiology for a special x-ray of your breast.
What is Mammography?
Mammography, or mammogram is a special x-ray examination of the breast. It is the most effective method available for detecting breast cancer at an early stage, when successful treatment and recovery is more likely.
A mammogram only takes a few minutes and the entire visit takes about half an hour. A Radiographer will be there to greet you and explain what happens. The Radiographer will position each of your breasts in turn between two flat plates on the Mammogram machine. The films will then be taken.
Will it hurt?
Each breast is held quite firmly for a few seconds while the mammogram is taken, so you may feel some level of discomfort. A few women find the mammogram painful, so please tell the Radiographer if this occurs, as your comfort is important to us.
You need a specialist referral for a mammogram.
If you want to organise regular breast screening, you can contact the North Western BreastScreen Assessment Centre.
In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.