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Be Breast Aware Ladies!

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK with one in eight women in the UK developing breast cancer in their lifetime, one person being diagnosed every 10 minutes, according to Breast Cancer Care.

It is important to look after your breasts by checking them regularly. Breast awareness does save lives.

Breast awareness is the experience of getting to know your own breast and be familiar with their normal appearance by looking and feeling the breasts at different times of the month.

Being breast aware will help you detect early any changes from normal, should these happen. Your breasts change constantly throughout your life from puberty, through the adolescence, the reproductive years and then the menopause.

Before the menopause normal breasts feel different at different times of the month. The milk-producing tissue in the breast becomes active in the days before a period starts. In some women, the breasts at this time feel tender and lumpy, especially near the armpits. After the menopause activity in the milk-producing tissue stops and the normal breasts feel soft, less firm and not lumpy. After a hysterectomy the breasts usually show the same monthly differences until the time when your periods would have stopped.


What to look and feel for

Look out for any change in breast size, appearance, the outline or shape of the breast especially those caused by arm movements or by lifting the breast.

Look out for any dimpling of the skin or thickening of the skin.

Look out for any lumps or bumpy areas in one breast or armpit that feels different from the contralateral side, especially if new and persistent.

Look out for any nipple discharge, new for you.

Look out for any change in nipple position, nipple pulled in or pointing differently from before.

Look out for any nipple rash or bleeding or reddish breast areas.


 How to do a self-breast exam

BreastCancer.org recommends doing a breast self-exam once a month to get used to it. Some professionals find this unnecessary and they are concerned that this can cause increased patient anxiety and worry.

At Sonoworld, we cannot stress enough the importance of self-breast examination. You know best your body, therefore it is easier for you than anybody else to pick up the earliest changes in your breast.

Any new breast pain, breast lumps or asymmetry, skin changes, skin rashes or bleeding, nipple discharge or inverted nipple must be reported at once to your GP who can refer you for an ultrasound In NHS and if any positive findings will refer you to a breast specialist for further investigations.


What we offer at Sonoworld

Sonoworld Diagnostic Services offers self-referred Breast Ultrasound examinations by Consultant Practitioner, MSc. Medical Ultrasound, with over 15 year experience in ultrasound examinations of the breast.

Once diagnosed, and depending on the diagnosis, your GP can refer you for further treatment or follow up in NHS. Alternatively we can refer you to a private breast specialist should you need a specialist intervention, FNA (fine needle aspiration) or lesion excision.

Let us try and be as breast aware we can so we can detect as early as possible the breast changes to prevent later complications.

If you have any breast related worries, any personal or family history of breast cancer and wish to have a Breast Ultrasound for first diagnosis or reassurance, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone on 02036334902/07885384785.

We have attached a short video on how to self-breast check. Please take few minutes to watch it and improve your self-assessment technique so you are a step ahead of the game at all times. 



To a healthier 2018!















About Sonoworld Diagnostic Services

 Sonoworld Diagnostic Services - London is an outstanding private ultrasound clinic offering access to convenient private ultrasound scans, leading specialists and the highest standards of health care.

Our private ultrasound scan clinic is conveniently situated in the world famous area of Marylebone, London, within the prestigious Hale Clinic. Luxury state of the art facilities combined with efficient healthcare delivery contribute to confidence and reassurance for our patients.

At Sonoworld we offer Private breast ultrasound scans for any breast lumps you may have found.

Breast lumps are very common and the breast ultrasound scan is the easiest and fastest way to evaluate these lumps. Ultrasound of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is primarily used to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor may have found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. Ultrasound scans are safe, noninvasive and do not use ionizing radiation


Looking for a Private Ultrasound Scan in London?

You are in the right place if you are looking for a private ultrasound in London. At Sonoworld Diagnostics we offer an extensive range of private ultrasound scans in a convenient central London location next to Harley Street.

We offer same day and out of hours private ultrasound scan appointments in days and times to suit your busy schedule.

Our consultant sonographers are very experienced in the field of diagnostic medical ultrasound so you can rest assured that your health is in good hands. We use the latest ultrasound diagnostic equipment to increase diagnostic accuracy. Sonoworld Diagnostics has been providing ultrasound scan services to the NHS and private sector since 2012 and therefore is well established in the field of medical ultrasound.

At our London ultrasound clinic, we are able to offer you private ultrasound scans in a clean and comfortable environment without the wait associated with the ultrasound scans provided by the NHS.

Why choose us for your private London ultrasound scan?

Sonoworld Diagnostic Services is registered with the CQC and has been trusted by the NHS and private sector since 2012 to provide unparalleled diagnostic ultrasound scan services. Our clients include healthcare professional such as GP's and consultant radiologists. This is because our clients know that at Sonoworld will get the best ultrasound scan service with no compromise in diagnostic accuracy or the level of service.

We offer the widest Range of ultrasound scans in London.

We offer a full range of private ultrasound scans for women such as:

Pelvic scan

Breast scans

Abdomen Ultrasound Scan

Kidneys, ureters & bladder scan

Thyroid and Neck ultrasound scans

Groin/Hernia scans

Soft tissue lumps & bumps

Our range of private ultrasound scans for men include:

Testicular ultrasound scan

Abdominal Ultrasound Scans

Kidneys, ureters & prostate scans

Neck and Thyroid scans

Groin/hernia scans

Soft tissue lumps & bumps

We also offer musculoskeletal ultrasound scans such as:

Shoulder scans

Elbows scans

Hands and wrists scans

Hip scans

Knee scans

Ankle and Feet

Soft tissue lumps & bumps

We offer vascular ultrasound scans such as:

Carotid ultrasound scan

Abdominal Aorta

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)

Venous insufficiency/Reflux scans

How much are private scans?

The price of private ultrasound scan will depend on the type of ultrasound scan you need. Our prices are competitive starting from as low as £99. There are no hidden extras and the price you see is the price you pay.

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Frequently Asked Questions

An ultrasound scan of the upper abdomen will provide information about the appearance of your liver, gallbladder, pancreas, kidneys and spleen.

This will help to diagnose or exclude a wide range of abdominal conditions normaly causing pain and discomfoirt in upper abdomen such as gallstones and kidneys stones .

No. Ultrasound is painless and safe. You will not feel any effect from it. There are no after effects.

No.

3D/4D scans are bonding/entertainment scans and have hardly any diagnostic value and that is why they are not offered in the NHS.

All the diagnosis takes place with 2D technology.

It is reccomended to regular check the testis for any lumps or for anything that doesnt feel right.

Testis is the ovoid structure within the scrotal sack. Within the scrotal sack there is also the head, tail and body of the epididiymis.

The epididymis is full of small tubules where the sperm matures. These tubules sometimes get block and expand resulting on what is called epididymal cyst.

Epididymal cysts are harmless and very common.

Sometimes the tubules leak and sperm escapes within the scrotal sack resulting in pain sometimes. This is called hydrocoele.

Infections are also common in the testis resulting on an inflammed epididymis that can can also feel like a lump. 

It is also possible for cancer to be developed inside the testis and it is therefore very important if you find any mumps to have them checked as sson as possible.

The basic formula to calculate your estimated delivery date is very simple and works great if your average cycle length is 28 days. Simply add 280 days (or 40 weeks) to the first day of your last period. If you know when conception happened then just add 266 days (or 38 weeks).
However, things can get complicated if your cycle length is not 28 days or if your luteal phase length is not 14 days. 

The most common early signs and symptoms of pregnancy might include: Missed period. If you're in your childbearing years and a week or more has passed without the start of an expected menstrual cycle, you might be pregnant. ... **Tender, swollen breasts. ... **Nausea with or without vomiting. ... **Increased urination. ... **Fatigue.

Steatosis or fatty liver as otherwise known, is a term that describes the buildup of fatty deposits in the liver. Having fat in your liver is normal, but if more than 5 to 10 percent is fat, then it's called fatty liver disease. Fatty liver is a reversible condition that can be resolved with diet and excersice.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is a very common disorder and refers to a group of conditions where there is accumulation of excess fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol. The most common form of NAFLD is a non serious condition called fatty liver.

In general, if you have fatty liver, and in particular if you have NASH, you should:

•lose weight – safely. ...
•lower your triglycerides through diet, medication or both.
•avoid alcohol.
•control your diabetes, if you have it.
•eat a balanced, healthy diet.
•increase your physical activity.

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can happen any time from conception  to the end of pregnancy. Light bleeding, or spotting, during pregnancy is common, especially during the first trimester. Im most cases this is no cause for alarm.

Breakthrough bleeding usually referring to mid-cycle bleeding in users of combined oral contraceptives, as attributed to insufficient estrogens. 

Bleeding or spotting are very common throughout a pregnancy. Most of the women however continue with a healthy pregnancy. You might be more at risk of miscarrying if you have heavy and bright red bleeding and are passing clots. But some women even with these symptoms do go on to have a healthy pregnancy.

An ultrasound guided injection is a therapeutic intervention where a pharmaceutical agent is administered in the body. Ultrasound is being used to guide the injection at the correct place.

 

There is no preparation for this test. You can eat and drink as normal. 

The ultrasound scan will not hurt. When you have the injection you will feel a small needle prick but it should not be too painful.

The symptoms usually improve about three days after the injection but this varies from person to person.

The benefits of the ultrasound guided injection may last for a few weeks or even months. You may need more than one injection to settle the symptoms. 

Ultrasound-guided injection is a common procedure.

There are some complications or risks associated with the procedure: 

  • Pain - sometimes the steroid injection can make the pain or discomfort temporarily worse. This called a ‘Steroid flare’. This can be more painful for approximately 2-3 days after injection. You may take your regular painkillers to provide relief during this time.
  •  Discolouration - very rarely a white dot or patch on the skin can appear after the injection, this called ‘Depigmentation’. This is rarely permanent and may last for few months.
  •  Fat atrophy – thinning of the fat, which may result in a dent in the skin.
  •  Skin thinning or skin dimpling – occasionally the skin overlying the injection becomes thin over the course of some months. This is particularly noticeable when several injections are given close to the skin surface. This side effect rarely happens.
  •  Tendon rupture – this is rare but steroids may weaken the tendon so it is important to avoid any strenuous activity or exercises for 3-4 weeks.
  •  Infection – it is very rare to get an infection.  
  • Allergic reaction is extremely uncommon.
  •  In patients with diabetes, blood sugar can elevate temporarily.
  •  No effect – the injection may not have any benefit.

Sound travels in waves. Ultrasound is sound which travels at a higher frequency than we can hear.

Ultrasound examinations known as scans are done by building up pictures from the return of sound waves as they bounce back from any resistance they meet. The sound waves can be directed to and bounced back from the surfaces of various structures within the body to form pictures on a television screen.

The ultrasound waves are sent to and from the body by moving a hand-held sensor which is similar to a microphone over the surface of the skin of the area to be examined. Pictures, known as images are taken for doctors and senior radiographers look at them and diagnose your condition.

Ultrasound scans can be used to diagnose a variety of conditions. They are also used to guide the position of needles for injections. 

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