At your screening appointment
You should have been emailed or mailed a registration form after you booked your appointment. Print this form and take it with you. If you can't find your registration form, log on to My BreastScreen to download it, or call 13 20 50.
What to wear
Wear a skirt or pants to your appointment as you will need to remove your top for the breast screen.
What will happen at your appointment?
You will be welcomed by a BreastScreen Victoria staff member who will explain what happens at the clinic.
A female mammographer will take you into the screening room and you will be asked to remove your top. Please tell her if you would like to wear a gown.
When you are ready, the mammographer will take at least two pictures of each breast.
FAQ about your appointment
Yes, communicating with your mammographer is important, especially if you have any concerns. They will be happy to answer any questions.
During a breast screen it is normal to feel discomfort, but this should only last a few seconds. This is because your breasts need to be pressed firmly between two plates in the screening machine so that a clear picture can be taken.
Please tell your mammographer if you feel any pain. She will work with you to make sure that the breast screen is as comfortable as possible.
You can ask the mammographer to stop the breast screen at any time.
Yes we do, but for very important reasons. Compression holds the breasts still and spreads out and separates the breast tissue so that we get a clear picture on the mammogram.
General screening requires you to stand for a period, lift your arm above your shoulder and you may feel like your body is a little twisted.
If you have a sore shoulder, arthritis or other condition that you think will make screening difficult, call us on 13 20 50 to discuss your options for a more comfortable screening.
You can stop at any time
What is informed consent?
Informed consent is your voluntary decision about medical care, made with knowledge and understanding of the benefits and risks involved.
When you book a breast screen, you fill in a registration and consent form which gives informed consent. If you do not have the capacity to give informed consent, consent may be given by your legal medical agent or guardian.
You can withdraw consent
You can withdraw consent at any time throughout the procedure. If you are distressed or wish to stop, the breast screen should be halted and your concerns addressed.
Watch a breast screen
This short video shows you what happens at a breast screening appointment and talks about common concerns. Please contact us if you are still concerned after watching the video and we will be happy to help.
WARNING: Due to the nature of breast screening, this video contains nudity.