What to expect at your appointment

At the appointment

  • A mammogram only takes a few minutes
  • The whole appointment takes about fifteen minutes
  • A doctor’s referral is not necessary

When you arrive at BreastScreen WA the following process will take place:

  1. On arrival, you will be asked to fill in personal information. There will be consent forms for you to read and sign
  2. 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
  3. Once you have changed, a female radiographer will take you into the X-ray room and ask you some questions
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. You will be asked to wait until the radiographer has checked the X-rays for technical quality
  7. The radiographer will let you know when the examination is complete and you may leave
  8. Your X-rays are reviewed by at least two specially trained doctors (radiologists).
  9. The results of your screening mammogram will be sent (within two-three weeks) via SMS, or you may choose to receive your results via mail.  With your consent, your doctor will also receive your results
  10. It is not uncommon for women to be called back for further X-rays. If this is necessary BreastScreen WA will phone to discuss this with you.


Client with receptionist in clinic

Get to know your breasts and what is normal for you. Look in the mirror at your breasts and feel your breasts from time to time.

If you notice any unusual changes in your breasts such as lumps, nipple discharge, or persistent new breast pain, even if your last screening mammogram was normal, please see your GP promptly.

Ask your GP about breast health at your next check-up.

Use our contact form or call BreastScreen WA on:

13 20 50 for appointments

9323 6700 for information

  • Please bring your Medicare card with you to your appointment.
  • Women whose breasts become tender before their periods find it more comfortable to have a mammogram during or just after a period.
  • Please don’t wear talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your appointment. It may show on the X-ray picture.
  • Please be aware you will be reading information and signing a consent form at the appointment.

Book online or phone 13 20 50

When making your appointment, please let us know if you:

  1. have breast implants
  2. require an interpreter
  3. use a wheelchair.

These things may make your appointment a little longer.

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.


Wheelchair access is available at all BreastScreen WA services.

Appointments are available 7:30am-5:45pm on weekdays and 8:15am-11:30am on Saturdays at most BreastScreen WA clinics.

BreastScreen WA has metropolitan, regional and mobile screening services.

There are twelve permanent clinics located in:

Albany, Bunbury, Cannington, Cockburn, David Jones - Perth City, East Perth - Mardalup, Joondalup, Mandurah, Midland, Mirrabooka, Padbury, and Rockingham.


Appointments are available 7:30am-5:45pm on weekdays and 8:15am-11:30am on Saturdays at most BreastScreen WA clinics.

Mobile breast screening services visit outer metropolitan areas and country towns every two years. Some towns are visited annually.

Last Updated: 13/06/2022