Your Mammogram Appointment: FAQs

Looking for information on what happens at a screening mammogram? Check out our FAQs to find out about your breast screen appointment with BreastScreen NSW.

Where can I have a screening mammogram? 

Do I have to pay for my breast screen?

Do I need to do anything before my appointment?

What should I wear to my screening mammogram?

How long will my appointment take?

Will I have privacy during my breast screen?

What should I do if I have breast implants?

I have a health condition or disability – can I still have a screening mammogram?

Where can I have a screening mammogram?

BreastScreen NSW has locations throughout NSW, including screening centres in fixed locations and mobile vans that travel to different sites.

To find your nearest BreastScreen NSW service, use our Location Finder or contact us on 13 20 50.

Do I have to pay for my breast screen?

No, BreastScreen NSW offers free screening mammograms for all women over the age of 40.

Do I need to do anything before my appointment?

You may need to fill out the relevant forms and bring them with you to your appointment – alternatively, you’ll be asked to do this at your appointment.

If your last breast screen wasn’t with BreastScreen NSW, you should bring your previous breast x-rays with you to your appointment.

Our Breast Screening Checklist will help you get ready for your mammogram appointment.

What should I wear to my screening mammogram appointment?

You should wear a two-piece outfit, i.e. a skirt or pants, with a separate top. This is because you will need to remove your top for your mammogram.

You should also avoid using deodorant, talcum powder or creams before your breast screen appointment, as these can show up on your x-ray.

How long will my appointment take?

Most screening mammogram appointments only take 20 minutes. If you are a wheelchair user or have specific requirements, you may need to allow more time for your appointment.

Will I have privacy during my breast screen?

We understand that a screening mammogram can be a little daunting for some women. You should rest assured that our female-only screening staff are respectful of your privacy at all times.

You will be asked to remove your top in private. Your female radiographer will then work with you to ensure you are comfortable.

Read about what happens during your mammogram appointment

What should I do if I have breast implants?

Women with implants can have regular screening mammograms. It is important you let us know you have implants at the time of making your appointment and remind the staff on the day of your appointment.

Go to Screening with Breast Implants to find out more

I have a health condition or disability – can I still have a screening mammogram?

In most cases, women with health conditions or disabilities can still have a screening mammogram. Many of our screening centres are accessible, and our staff are trained in assisting women of all abilities.

For more information, visit Screening with a Health Condition or Disability

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