A Simple Guide to


Are you preparing for a mammography and wondering what it involves?

No worries – we’re here to guide you through the process in a clear and simple way.

This guide will help you understand what to expect during your mammography appointment.

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What's a Mammography?

A mammography is a quick and painless medical test that uses a special camera to take pictures of your breasts.

Before the Mammography

When you arrive for your mammography, the healthcare team will help you feel comfortable.

You might need to undress from the waist up and put on a gown.

They’ll explain everything and answer any questions you have.

During the Mammography

You’ll stand in front of a machine, and the radiographer will position your breast on a special platform.
  • Another platform will gently press down to flatten your breast temporarily.
  • This helps get clear pictures.
  • You might feel some pressure, but it only lasts a few seconds for each picture.

After the Mammography

Once the mammography is done, you can put your clothes back on and continue with your normal activities.

There’s no need for any special recovery time.

Results and What's Next

An experienced radiologist will interpret and report on the mammogram.

They’ll explain what they see and discuss any further steps if needed.

Remember, mammography is an essential tool to help detect any changes in your breast tissue.

Patient Safety

For mammography, the radiation dose a patient receives is very low.

The radiographer will set the equipment for the lowest dose of radiation possible, while still achieving high-quality images.

Mammography is generally safe for women with implants, but there is a very small risk that the pressure placed on the implant might cause it to rupture.

Our experienced mammography radiographers will discuss this with you prior to your mammogram.
If you are, or may be pregnant, or are breastfeeding, please inform the radiology team before your examination.

Diagnostic mammography can be performed during pregnancy if the result is required for your medical care while pregnant and the information obtained is not available from other tests that don’t use radiation such as MRI or Ultrasound.

If you have any further concerns, you should discuss this with your doctor.

In Summary

Mammography is a simple and important test to keep your breast health in check.

Disclaimer: Please note, if you have any questions or reservations about an upcoming radiology scan, it is always recommended to consult with your healthcare provider, who can address your concerns directly. This is general information, not tailored to a specific individual. Please read our Terms and Conditions.