Digital mammogram

A digital mammogram helps in the early detection of breast cancers that are commonly too small to feel.

Diagnosis using mammogram

A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of the breast, which is used to help find early changes in the breast and cancers that are too small to feel.

Digital mammography is an advanced form of breast screening technology, which uses computer imaging rather than x-ray films. The technology allows consultants to view the images immediately, rather than waiting for films to be produced. They can also spot very small calcifications, enabling them to make a clear and accurate diagnosis, quickly.

What to expect with a mammogram

You will be asked to undress to the waist and place your breast on a flat plate on the mammography unit. If both breasts are being scanned then you will be asked to place them on the unit one at a time. There will be another flat plate above your breast which will move down and your breast will be pressed in between the two plates to keep it still and allow a clear image to be taken. This may feel a little uncomfortable.

A mammogram will usually take 10 to 15 minutes. Most of the time is spent getting into position and preparing the equipment. The actual x-ray only takes a few seconds and the radiographer will operate the mammography unit from behind a screen. However, the radiographer will be able to see and hear you at all times.

To prepare for your mammogram, it is best not to use any spray-on deodorant, talcum powder, antiperspirant or perfume on your breasts, as it could affect the results.

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With a network of 14 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard. We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

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Birmingham

Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 514 1185

Bristol

300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4SY

+44 (0)1454 642801

Cambridge

Fordham Rd, Newmarket CB8 7XN, UK

+44 (0)1223 633 664

Chelmsford

Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

+44 (0)1245 676 351

Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

+44 (0)203 613 9355

Elstree

Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

+44 (0)203 613 9356

Guildford

BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3LX

+44 (0)1483 676 898

Maidstone

17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4UA

+44 (0)1732 386 599

Milton Keynes

Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, MK14 6LS

+44 (0)1908 448 166

Nottingham

The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

+44 (0)1156 762 989

Oxford

Peters Way, Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

+44 (0)1865 224 884

Portsmouth

Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

+44 (0)23 9280 0102

Southampton

Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

+44 (0)238 008 5138

Windsor

69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

+44 (0)1753 465 493

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