Mammogram for breast screening

A mammogram is an X-ray of your breasts and helps your consultant look for signs of breast cancer and make a diagnosis. Mammograms are mainly used for women over 40.

What is a mammogram

A mammogram is an imaging technique using low-dose X-rays to create an image of the inside of your breast to identify early changes and cancers in breast tissue, even ones that are too small to feel.

We offer several types of advanced mammogram techniques:

  • Digital mammogram – the image is converted into digital form and analysed on a computer
  • 3D digital mammogram (tomosynthesis) – uses multiple X-rays to create a 3D picture of your breast

Digital imaging means your consultant can view the images of your breast immediately and make a quick and accurate diagnosis. It also allows your consultant to spot small calcifications – deposits of calcium found in the breast tissue that can sometimes be a sign of pre-cancerous changes or early breast cancer.

Digital mammogram: what to expect?

At GenesisCare we offer mammograms as part of our one stop breast clinic, where you’ll also receive a consultation and examination with a consultant breast surgeon.

We’ll usually take two X-rays of each breast - one from top to bottom and one from side to side. This typically only takes 10-15 minutes.

On the day of your scan, your radiographer will ask you to undress to the waist and help position you for the mammogram by placing your breast on the unit and asking you to orientate your head and arm in a way that allows a clear picture to be taken. Another flat plate from above will move down and your breast will be pressed gently but firmly in between the two plates. You may find the pressure a little uncomfortable, but compression is important as it keeps your breast still during the scan.

We aim to get your results to you as quickly as possible, often straight away. Anything found on a mammogram will need further investigation before an accurate diagnosis can be made. Your consultant breast surgeon will discuss any irregularities, what this means and whether you’ll need further tests, such as a biopsy.

How much does a private mammogram cost?

The cost of a private mammogram starts from £190. One of our expert doctors will assess your scan carefully before providing you with your results. We’re recognised by all major private medical insurers, and also offer a range of self-payment options.

Book an appointment

Our one stop breast clinics offer a consultation with a breast surgeon, imaging scans and a biopsy if needed. Contact us today to speak to our friendly team and to book an appointment.

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How often do you have a mammogram?

Breast screening is currently offered to all women in the UK between the ages of 50 and 71, by the NHS. This is offered every three years and helps to identify breast cancers that might otherwise go undetected.

At GenesisCare we offer mammograms as part of our one stop breast clinic, where you’ll also receive a consultation and examination with a consultant breast surgeon.

How long does a mammogram take?

We’ll usually take two X-rays of each breast – one from top to bottom and one from side to side. This typically only takes 10 to 15 minutes and you’ll be able to leave shortly afterwards.

Do mammograms hurt?

Having a mammogram can be uncomfortable and some women may find it painful. Our mammographer will make you feel as relaxed as possible and any discomfort will pass quickly.

Is tomosynthesis the same as 3D mammography?

A digital mammogram, also known as a breast tomosynthesis, uses multiple X-rays to create a detailed 3D picture of your breast. They are often used for seeing detailed images in younger women’s breasts and those who have dense breast tissue or implants.

Results

Getting your results

We aim to get your results to you as quickly as possible, often straight away. Anything found on a mammogram will need further investigation before an accurate diagnosis can be made. Your consultant breast surgeon will discuss any irregularities, what this means and whether you’ll need further tests, such as a biopsy.

Contact us today

We’re recognised by all private medical providers, including Bupa, AXA PPP, Aviva and Vitality. We’re always happy to answer any questions and concerns you may have.

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