Making an appointment
Book online or phone 13 20 50
Making an appointment
Women who have received a letter from BreastScreen WA, or are 50 years and over, can now book a standard appointment online.
Alternatively, the BreastScreen WA call centre is open Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm.
When making your appointment please let us know if you:
- have breast implants
- require an interpreter
- use a wheelchair.
These things may make your appointment a little longer.
Women whose breasts become tender before their periods may find it more comfortable to book a mammogram appointment during or just after a period.
Phone 13 20 50 for a FREE screening mammogram appointment (for the cost of a local call). If you need an interpreter, please call the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) first on 13 14 50 and ask to be connected to the BreastScreen WA call centre on 13 20 50.
National Relay Service - A phone solution for people who are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment.
Group bookings are available for those women who would prefer to attend as a group. For example, a group of women who speak a language other than English, women in clubs or associations or friends may find it more comfortable to book as a group. Please enquire when booking.
Preparing for an appointment
- Please bring your Medicare card with you to your appointment
- Please be aware you will be reading information and signing a consent form at the appointment
- Please don’t wear talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your appointment. It may show on the X-ray picture
At the appointment
- A mammogram only takes a few minutes
- The whole appointment takes about twenty minutes
- A doctor’s referral is not necessary
When you arrive at BreastScreen WA the following process will take place:
- On arrival, every woman is asked to fill in personal information. There will be consent forms for you to read and sign
- You will be taken to a change room and be asked to remove your bra and put your top back on, or if you require, a disposable gown is available
- Once you have changed into a gown, a female radiographer will take you into the X-ray room and ask you some questions
- After the radiographer has explained how the mammogram is taken, the radiographer will adjust the height of the X-ray machine to match your height and shape
- Each breast is compressed between two plates to get a clear picture of the breast tissue and to minimise the radiation dose. This may be uncomfortable, but the compression lasts only a few seconds. Two X-rays are taken of each breast: one from the side and one from the top
- You will be asked to wait until the radiographer has checked the X-rays for technical quality
- The radiographer will let you know when the examination is complete and you may leave
- Your X-rays are reviewed by at least two specially trained doctors (radiologists) and results will be posted within two weeks.
- It is not uncommon for women to be called back for further X-rays. If this is necessary a Breast Assessment Nurse from BreastScreen WA will phone to discuss this with you.