What happens at the appointment?
Your mammogram will be held at a breast screening clinic, in either a hospital or a mobile unit. The appointment itself will only take around half an hour and it’ll be over before you know it! It’s a good idea to wear loose, comfortable clothing, as you will need to undress to the waist. It’s also worth skipping deodorant on the day of your scan as images are also taken under your armpits and having aluminium around that area can affect the results.
Your mammogram will be taken by a female practitioner who will place your breasts one at a time on an x-ray machine and compress them each for a few seconds. Pictures of the breasts will be taken from different angles, including the part around the underarms. Although it may be uncomfortable, it will only last a few seconds and isn’t harmful.