When you attend for a mammogram our friendly reception staff will check your ID and check you in for your mammogram.
They will then direct you to a seat in our waiting room, where the following 5 steps will occur...
Our results take 3 weeks and if we see an abnormality on the x-ray we would then refer into the NHS for further investigation.
Around 4% of clients screened are referred for further investigation.
This does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong: 4 out of 5 clients recalled are given a normal result after further tests.
If this was your first mammogram...
Normally the specialists reporting look at the mammogram and compare it with one taken two years previously, looking for any changes. On a first mammogram we do not have a baseline mammogram for comparison. Our breasts are not perfectly symmetrical and we can have differing amounts of breast tissue in each, but on a first mammogram we may check out any area that appears different. It is more common to be recalled on a first mammogram.
If you have had previous mammograms...
The specialists reporting will have compared the mammogram taken with a previous one and have noted a change. Breast tissue changes with age and many changes may just be part of this process, but it is important to check them in case of a more serious problem.