Your mammograms are reviewed and the results will be sent to you within two weeks. Your GP will also be notified of your results.

There are three possible results:

1. Normal

Your X-rays have shown no signs of cancer and you will be invited again in three years time for your next routine screen. If you will be over 70 then please contact us for an appointment nearer the time.


2. Technical Repeat

The mammogram needs to be repeated for technical reasons only. The quality of the X-ray does not allow for all the breast tissue to be seen clearly. Approximately three out of every 100 women screened will be called back for a technical repeat to get a good quality mammogram.


3. Assessment

Sometimes the mammograms do not give enough information and a further examination is needed before we can make a decision. If this is the case you will receive an appointment to attend our assessment clinic at the Royal Bolton Hospital. This recall appointment is part of routine screening and for most women called back nothing of concern will be found. Approximately five out of 100 women who have breast screening will be asked to come back to our clinic for a further examination. Four of these five women will be found to have a normal result. Any women recalled to an assessment clinic will be able to speak to a breast care nurse if they want more information before attending.


We appreciate that it may be worrying to be invited for a further appointment but please remember that the majority of women (four out of every five) that come back to this assessment clinic are found to have a normal result.

Visitor restrictions

To protect you and our staff during the current outbreak of Covid-19 we’ve put in place significant restrictions on hospital visitors.

Full details of these can be found on our website.

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