Having your mammogram

Your appointment will only take 20 minutes. Our female staff members will explain what will happen during the appointment and answer any questions you may have. A female radiographer will carefully position you and quickly take the x-rays.

This short video provides a firsthand look at what happens at a breast screening appointment. The video also includes stories of women whose breast cancer was diagnosed early by a screening mammogram.

Your breast screening appointment

Screening centre waiting area

  • We will collect your forms and explain what will happen.
  • A female radiographer will take you into the x-ray room.
  • You will be asked to remove your top in private. 
  • When you are ready we will take at least 2 x-rays of each breast.
  • The x-ray machine will firmly press each breast to get the best x-ray. Some women find the pressing uncomfortable, but this discomfort usually only lasts about 10 seconds.
  • We will tell you when to expect your results (usually around 2 weeks). If you are worried, call the BreastScreen program on 13 20 50.

Talking to your radiographer Radiographer taking a mammogram

Talking to your radiographer is important, especially if you have concerns. You should tell your radiographer if you have sensitive breasts. She will work with you to make sure the process is as comfortable as possible.

If you feel any discomfort during the mammogram, you should tell your radiographer. You can ask for the procedure to stop at any time.

Do I have to pay for a screening mammogram?

No. We offer free screening mammograms to women aged 40 years and over.



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