The main aim of my breast clinics is to provide the highest quality of care to patients. Once a referral from the GP is received we aim to book an appointment within a day or two usually. In the clinics we provide a high level of diagnostic services for all aspects of breast illnesses ranging from benign problems to breast cancer.
During an initial consultation as an out patient, you will be seen for a consultation with full breast examinations; whether breast screening/imaging is needed or whether any further investigations need to be carried out. In most cases all results are available on the same day/week.
Mammogram – A mammography is a specific type of x-ray screening that is used to examine the whole breast area. It is used in the early stages to diagnose breast diseases in women. Mammograms are performed by Consultant Radiologists and last on average about twenty minutes. It is a non-invasive procedure and causes only minimal discomfort.
Ultrasound – Ultrasound imaging involves exposing the breast to high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the breast. It is a non-invasive technique and provides information to help diagnose a wide range of breast conditions/diseases. Ultrasounds last on average about 30 minutes and you should experience no discomfort.
Fine Needle Aspiration – A Fine Needle Aspiration is usually carried out on a breast lump that feels tender or sore. A needle is inserted into the lump and the fluid is aspirated (drawn out). This fluid is then sent for microscopic evaluation. Results are usually available within a few days. This investigation can cause slight pain and some minimal bruising at the site.
Core biopsy – A Core biopsy is carried out on a breast lump where a sample of the tissue needs to be taken. It is done under local anaesthetic and a larger needle is passed through an incision made in the lump to obtain the tissue. This tissue specimen is then sent to the Pathologist to be examined under a microscope for abnormalities. A core biopsy is a more invasive procedure which can last up to an hour. It is not generally a painful procedure but it can cause some discomfort.