Usually, two radiologists will look at the X-rays, independently of each other. That way, they can come up with a more reliable assessment.
You will receive a letter within two weeks notifying you of the results. Make sure to ask during your visit if you want to know more about the clinic's procedures for informing you of the results.
If you have a follow-up appointment
You may be scheduled for a follow-up appointment after mammography screening. Perhaps the X-rays did not turn out to be as clear as intended. If that is the case, it may be enough for you to repeat the original examination.
Or you might need a follow-up appointment because the X-rays showed a change in one or both of your breasts that requires further assessment.
If the X-rays show a change
During the initial screening session, you will have the same kind of mammogram as everyone else. If the X-rays show that a change has occurred, examinations will be required to find out what caused it in your particular case. In other words, the mammography examination will be adapted to your personal needs. The radiology nurse will take more X-rays from various angles. A radiologist will look at the images right away.
A doctor may also order an ultrasound examination. The doctor might also decide to request that a biopsy or tissue sample be taken from your breast with a needle.
All the examinations will be performed at the same appointment.
A doctor will inform you of the results in person so that you can ask questions and obtain additional information. You will see the doctor as soon as possible, but the waiting time will vary depending on where you live. You are welcome to ask questions when you are at the clinic having the various examinations.