Breast health

The breast health service at the Mater Hospital diagnoses and treats women with breast symptoms Our specially designed facilities allow us to continue our mission to advance the quality of care delivered to women who attend the hospital with breast symptoms

Tests and procedures


Breast X-rays (mammograms) are important tests in the diagnosis of breast cancer. A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray of the breast which can pick up small changes that can’t be felt. Each breast is placed between two special plates and pressure is applied to get the best possible picture. Some women find mammography uncomfortable or even painful. However, it only lasts a few minutes and is not harmful


This test is painless and takes just a few minutes. Ultrasound uses soundwaves to build up a picture of the inside of the body. It is generally used for women under 35 whose breasts are too dense to give a clear picture with mammography. It is also used to see if a lump is solid or contains fluid (a cyst). Ultrasound is often used with mammography in specialist breast clinics. A special gel is spread onto the breasts and a small device like a microphone, which emits sound waves, is passed over the area. The echoes from the soundwaves are converted into a picture by a computer

Getting your results

You will usually get the results of your mammogram or ultrasound on the day of your test. The results of a core biopsy or fine needle aspiration won’t be available on your first visit, so you will be given an appointment to attend the clinic to get them at a later date.

Staff will process your tests as quickly as possible. Everyone in the clinic is aware that this can be a worrying and stressful time