Breast screening mammogram

Mammogram

Using the latest high-resolution digital technology to detect breast cancer early using low-dose X-rays

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is picture of the breast using an X-ray scan. A mammogram is used to detect look for early signs of breast cancer when anomalies are too small to see or feel. Your breasts will be X-rayed in detail so any problems, such as cancerous cells, can be found early. Your breasts will be X-rayed one at a time and each breast is X-rayed twice, from different angles.

Having a mammogram

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    Breast screening is carried out by a radiographer, who will place each of your breasts between two plastic plates on the mammography machine. To get a clear image, your breasts will be pressed tightly between the plastic plates. It may feel uncomfortable or painful as the breast tissue is pressed but it will be over quickly. Two X-rays will be taken of each breast, front and side.
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    It's a good idea to wear a skirt or trousers, instead of a dress, as you'll need to take your top off. Don't wear deodorant, lotions or talcum powder under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your screening as this can affect the X-ray quality. Your doctor will be able to answer any questions you may have about the procedure. If you're still having periods, try not to make your appointment for the week just before your period. Schedule it when your breasts aren't tender or swollen to help minimise any discomfort and make it easier to get a good picture.
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    Your results will be sent to your consultant within 24 hours. They may also recommend additional tests, such as a biopsy.

Our breast care consultants

We're proud to work with leading breast care experts, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our HCA UK breast units work as multi-disciplinary teams which include breast care specialist nurses, radiologists and consultants who will support you throughout your diagnosis, treatment and recovery
Patient with consultant

Tomosynthesis at HCA UK

Tomosynthesis  is a 3D Mammography, that works in a similar way to a conventional mammogram. This digital technology enables the computer within the mammography machine to provide a 3D image. The 3D image provides the radiologist reviewing your scan with more information and therefore greater accuracy.

Tomosynthesis is currently available at the London Breast Institute and The Breast Unit at The Harley Street Clinic.
Patient undergoing a mammogram

Our locations

From complex breast reconstructive surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional breast care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Contact us about diagnostic tests and scans

Our advisors can help with enquiries about booking a diagnostic scan and can help you book an appointment for a diagnostic test or scan.

Request an appointment online

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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