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A mammogram is a scan that uses low dose X-rays to examine the breast. It is used to help identify breast cancer in its early stages as it can find cancers that are too small to feel.

Why you might need it

Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the UK, according to the charity Breast Cancer Care, with 81% of cases occurring in women over the age of 50.

A mammogram can help detect breast cancer at its early stages. Younger women may also have this test if they have found a lump, and breast cancer runs in their family.

If you decide to have your procedure with us, you will be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.

Who will do it?

Our patients are at the heart of what we do and we want you to be in control of your care. 

All of our radiographers are of the highest standard and benefit from working in our modern, well equipped hospitals.

 

 

Before your treatment

You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.

We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.

Preparing for your treatment

We've tried to make your experience with us as easy and relaxed as possible.

For more information on visiting hours, our food, what to pack if you're staying with us, parking and all those other important practicalities, please visit our patient information pages.

Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.

You will need to keep your underarms and breasts clean and clear from any lotions or anti-perspiration as it can affect the imaging. Your radiographer will give you further, tailored advice to follow in the run up to your mammogram.

The procedure

We understand that having a mammogram can potentially be a time of anxiety and worry. Our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you, holding your hand, every step of the way.

During the procedure, your radiographer will position your breast in a mammography unit. Your breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle. This is necessary so all the breast tissue can be X-rayed. The radiographer will then walk behind a screen and activate the machine. If you are younger and have more dense breast tissue, you may be offered an ultrasound scan.

Your doctor will be looking at the pictures as the images are shown on screen and will determine the best course of follow-up action as provided by the national diagnostic system for reading mammogram - provided by BI-RADS, or the Breast Imaging Reporting and Database System.

The system categorises lumps from zero to six and details the next course of action for each category - whether more investigations are needed such as more imagery, a biopsy or regular screening. We will discuss this with you during your appointment.

The whole procedure will take around 30 minutes.

Aftercare

As this is an outpatient procedure, you will be able to leave after your test. We take an integrated approach so we can organise any other breast care that you may need after your mammogram.

Why choose Spire?

We are committed to delivering excellent individual care and customer service across our network of hospitals, clinics and specialist care centres around the UK. Our dedicated and highly trained team aim to achieve consistently excellent results. For us it's more than just treating patients, it's about looking after people.

How much does it cost?

A fixed price for this treatment may be available on enquiry and following an initial consultation.

You can trust Spire Washington to provide you with a single, fixed price so there are no surprises. And, through our carefully chosen partner you can even be considered for interest free finance.*

We’re here to help you with making these important choices, so you’re free to concentrate on your treatment.

Important: Please read your patient terms and conditions for full details of what’s included and excluded in your fixed price when paying for yourself. 

 

* Zebra Finance Ltd trading as Zebra Health Finance, Lincoln House, Stephensons Way, Wyvern Business Park, Derby, DE21 6LY.

Important to note

The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.