“The Mammographer was brilliant”

It’s great to get patient stories and here’s one to encourage those of you who are anxious about going for your breast screen. Thanks to Jean Phillips for sharing this with us and telling us how kind the mammographer was. I’ve recently been for a Mammogram at Nye Bevan House, Rochdale. It was a routine[…]

Patient Assisted Compression in Mammography – What’s that?

We all know that when talking about the mammogram experience, at some point in the conversation someone will mention the pain and the squash. And rightly so, it’s part of the examination that causes much angst: how much pain will have to be endured due to the compression so that we can get either an[…]

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Can men be mammographer technicians?

OK, so imagine you have your mammogram appointment, and when you get there, the person taking the mammogram is male not female. What would you do? In the UK, that doesn’t happen, but in some countries it does. Why are we asking you to imagine it then? The Society and College of Radiographers just held the[…]

What to expect to see at your mammogram appointment – a tour of the machine!

Today Julie talks you through the mammogram experience, showing you the machine and how the compression is controlled – and by whom. Follow the link to the video, and all will be revealed – we can promise that all mammogram machines will look and act in the same way, but we can’t promise a lovely[…]

My breast screening mammogram

I’ve had my mammogram today I make it a rule not to drink and use social media. I’ve just broken that rule. This is because I’ve had my mammogram today. No, it’s not the mammogram itself that has driven me to breaking my golden rule but the extra stress I’ve put myself under in attempting[…]

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Prepare for a Mammogram: wherever you are

Our guest blog comes from Stafano Pacifici who is the coordinator Radiographer/Mammographer at the Ecotomografia medica Srl in Rome. Like the WoMMeN team, Stafano is concerned with understanding and improving the patient experience of mammography. We asked him to share his observations. It’s interesting to note that women experience mammography the same way across the[…]

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Too much information? The case against talking about Ductal Carcinoma In Situ.

Our mammographer colleague Geraldine has a few things to say about the National Breast Screening Information leaflet. Is the leaflet for or against breast screening? Is it helping you decide, or, as Geraldine fears – putting you off by talking about ductal carcinoma in situ? Am I being controversial? This might be a slightly controversial[…]

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Your mammogram examination explained

So you’ve been invited for your first mammogram examination Does the appointment for your mammogram examination clash with something? Don’t let that put you off attending! There should be either a telephone or email contact to allow you to change the appointment. Some women receive their invites at the wrong time for them, for example[…]

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