“A mammogram is an X-ray image of your breasts used to screen for breast cancer. Mammograms play a key role in early breast cancer detection and help decrease breast cancer deaths.
During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed between two firm surfaces to spread out the breast tissue. Then an X-ray captures black-and-white images of your breasts that are displayed on a computer screen and examined by a doctor who looks for signs of cancer.”
A mammogram can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes. How often you should have a mammogram depends on your age and your risk of breast cancer.
Mammogram appointments generally last about 20 minutes. You will be guided to a personal change room and instructed to change into a gown removing clothing from the waist up.
A qualified Radiographer, specializing in Breast Imaging will then bring you into the Mammography suite.
A routine Mammogram generally requires 4 images, 2 of each breast. Sometimes depending on the images, and the size and shape of the breast, additional images may be acquired.
If you have implants, please inform staff when booking your appointment so that our reception staff can accommodate your appointment appropriately as you will need extra time. Implants require extra images in order to ensure that the breast tissue is imaged in its entirety.
Test Preperation Guidelines
- After showering, avoid using any powders or deodorants as it may show up on your Mammogram.
- Suggestion to wear a 2-piece outfit for your comfort.