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.
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Last reviewed 1 September 2020 Last updated 1 September 2020