This investigation is available at The Alfred only. This information is for patients attending Alfred Health Radiology
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a low dose X-ray image of the breast which can be performed on female and male patients. This is commonly performed to investigate for and follow up breast cancer however, not all breast cancer can be detected with a mammogram.
Please note, The Alfred Radiology service is not a breastscreen centre.
What preparation is required for a mammogram?
- If you have been referred buy your doctor and would like to make an appointment, please contact Radiology at our Alfred site:
- 03 9076 5789 (The Alfred Mammography appointments)
- Please inform the booking clerk if you are breastfeeding or have breast implants as you may need a longer booking time
- Please bring copies of any previous mammogram films and reports with you
- If you experience tender breasts during menstruation try to book your mammogram for 1 week after
- Wear a two piece outfit (skirt or pants and a top). You will be given a gown, but only need to remove your clothes from the waist up
What happens during a mammogram?
- You will be asked some questions about your breast history
- Your mammogram examination may take up to 30 minutes
- Two pictures of each breast are routinely taken
- There will be some compression of breast tissue to ensure a clear view of the tissue being examined. This may cause discomfort, but will not last longer than 30 seconds
- Images are checked by a radiologist with specialised training in mammography before you leave
- Further images may need to be performed after discussion with the radiologist
What happens after a mammogram?
- The radiologist’s report is automatically forwarded to your doctor
- Please return to your doctor to discuss the results