A mammogram is a low dose X-ray image of the breast which can be performed on female and male patients. Please note: The Alfred Radiology service is not a breastscreen centre.
Commonly asked questions about mammograms
A mammogram is commonly performed to investigate for and follow up breast cancer however, not all breast cancer can be detected with a mammogram.
Yes, we require a referral from your GP or specialist in order to make an appointment for you.
There is little preparation required.
Please wear a two-piece outfit. We will provide you with a gown, but note that you will be asked to remove your clothes from the waist up.
Bring copies of any previous mammogram reports or films with you.
If you experience tender breasts during menstruation try to book your mammogram for 1 week after.
Yes. Please let our booking clerk know that you're currently breastfeeding, as you may need a longer appointment.
Yes. Please let our booking clerk know that you have breast implants, as you may need a longer appointment.
Our specialist team will ask you some questions about your breast history.
The examination itself will involve some compression of the breast tissue to ensure a clear view of the tissue being examined. This may cause discomfort, but will last only 30 seconds.
The examination may take up to 30 minutes. Two pictures of each breast are routinely taken.
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.
The radiologist’s report is automatically forwarded to your referring doctor. Please return to your doctor to discuss the results.