What happens at a breast screen?

Breast screens are performed by health professionals called radiographers. All BreastScreen Queensland radiographers are female. After you enter the breast screening room, you will be asked to remove your clothing from the waist up. The radiographer will then place one breast at a time between two plates on the breast screening machine. The machine will press firmly on your breast for about 10 seconds to take the picture. Usually two pictures are taken of each breast, one from the side and one from the top. Having the breast screen should only take a few minutes. The whole appointment usually takes less than 30 minutes.

Click here to watch a video of the breast screening process.

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Read the English transcript for this video here.

* Please note video has been optimised for Microsoft Windows through Microsoft Windows Media Player only. Work is being done to extend video compatibiliy to other platforms in the future.

Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020

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COVID-19 Alert

We’re still operating but we’ve made some changes to the way we work to reduce the ongoing risk of COVID-19.

If you’ve recently had a COVID-19 vaccination, there’s no need to delay your breast screen.

Stay at home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough or difficulty breathing, seek medical attention.

If you’re feeling unwell, call us on 13 20 50 to cancel or reschedule your breast screening appointment.

If you’re feeling well, it’s important that you continue to access your usual health services, including breast screening if you’re due.

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