What is a Mammography?

A Mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breasts during which both breasts are usually imaged.

Mammography is carried out by very highly trained and experienced radiographers on carefully maintained equipment. This ensures the best possible result with the least discomfort to the patient and minimal radiation dose.

There are many indications for this procedure and your doctor will have explained why this examination will be of benefit. It is very important to bring any previous x-rays and results previous mammograms or ultrasounds of the breast to the examination.

Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes, appointments are essential.

Is there any special preparation?

Patients will be asked to change into a gown, which can be opened at the front for ease of examination. For comfort, it is a good idea to wear a two-piece outfit for the procedure.
We ask that patients do not wear talcum powder, deodorant, or perfume on the day of examination as traces of these show on the x-ray films and may cause confusing shadows.

What should patients expect when they arrive for their appointment?

The films are usually taken with the patient standing. The breast is compressed (between a compression paddle and the x-ray detector) to ensure an optimal diagnostic outcome. Everyone’s sensitivity to the compression is different and while our best efforts are made to ensure the examination is not painful, it will inevitably be uncomfortable and may be painful. We ensure the compression is applied for only a short time and it is vital for an optimal diagnostic outcome. Films are taken in two or three different positions on each breast to ensure we display ALL parts of the breast.

The radiographer performing the examination will discuss this with you when you arrive for your appointment.

It is not uncommon for some bruising to appear on the breast a few days after a mammogram, therefore do not be alarmed.

If patients have breast implants, please notify the reception staff and radiographer. In women with implants we usually perform an ultrasound first to assess the state of the implant prior to a mammogram. Additional mammograms are required including “push back views” and as such the appointment may take longer. There should be no risk of rupture related to the procedure. Patients will also be required to complete a consent form allowing the radiographer to compress the breast prior to the Mammogram.

How long does it take?

A mammogram can take upwards of 30 minutes to enable the radiographer to consult with the radiologist and ensure a high-quality study.

What to bring:

• Referral from your doctor.
• Previous films and/or reports.
• Method of payment including Medicare, Health or Pension Card.
• For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number, and any other relevant details.