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Breast screening

Mammogram

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

About

Your breasts will be X-rayed in detail so any problems, such as cancerous cells, can be found early before they're large enough to be felt. Your breasts will be X-rayed one at a time. Each breast is X-rayed twice, from different angles. The procedure will take 20 to 30 minutes.

Need to know

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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.
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Our 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

Our facilities

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

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Childrens enquiries 020 3811 4906
    Maternity enquiries 020 3131 5998
    Women's health 020 3811 5137

  • The Lister Hospital Facility

    The Lister Hospital

    Chelsea Bridge Road

    London

    SW1W 8RH

    Appointments 020 7811 4000
    Enquiries 020 3131 4978

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

Request an appointment

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

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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