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Breast Cancer Screening

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer is the second most common cancer women face second only to lung cancer and it is the most feared cancer or disease for most women.

Breast cancer occurs in about 12% of women who will live to the age of 90.

Several well-established factors increase the risk of breast cancer and they include family history, nulliparity (not having had children), early menarche (starting menstrual cycles early), advanced age and a personal history of breast cancer. Other risks include exposure to environmental toxins such as tobacco smoke that increase the chance for cancer growth. 

Early education on the self-breast exam and early screening is extremely important in achieving good outcomes. Self-exam and physician examination will detect cancer at a rate between 70 to 80%. Adding screening mammography (mammograms) will increase detection to 96 - 98%. It has been shown that early detection through clinical exam and mammography can reduce breast carcinoma mortality by 20 to 30%. Today's gold standard for screening (mammograms) will still miss between 10 and 15% of neoplasm.

If a clinically noted mass is followed by a negative mammogram the workup should then include breast ultrasound and/or a fine needle aspiration cytology and close interval examinations.

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Cardio Vascular Diseases - Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

Cardio Vascular Diseases - Screening, Diagnosis, Treatment and Prevention

 

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the term used to cover all diseases that affect the heart and circulatory system, including coronary heart disease, heart attack, angina, stroke, Deep Vein thrombosis and peripheral arterial diseases.

The common factor with these conditions is the build-up of atheroma – small fatty lumps that develop on the walls of the body's arteries (blood vessels), causing them to narrow and thus making it harder for the artery to carry blood and oxygen to the heart.

Cardiovascular disease is the most common cause of death in the UK accounting for around a third of all deaths. Despite best efforts from health authorities to tackle cardiovascular disease, it continues to affect and claim the lives of thousands of British men and women each year.  Over 140,000 people died from heart disease and stroke in the UK every year.

Health checks for cardiovascular disease, known as vascular health checks, play a vital role in helping to predict and prevent the development of heart disease and stroke. Through these preventative screening tests, doctors are able to identify patients who are at high risk of vascular disease and provide support and advice to help them reduce or manage that risk.

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Sonoworld Featured in the British Thoughts Magazine

Sonoworld Featured in the British Thoughts Magazine

Sonoworld, your leading provider of private ultrasound scans and other health tests in London, has been featured in the British Thoughts Magazine. Find out What the Magazine said about us.

 

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Be Breast Aware Ladies!

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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 get...
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Breast ultrasound

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A breast ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create  images of  the breast tissue. It is primarily used to  diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities your doctor or you may have found during a physical exam,

 

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Medical Ultrasound Awareness Month

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October is Medical Ultrasound awareness month aiming to create awareness of the role diagnostic medical sonographers play in the medical community and to educate the public about medical ultrasound and its many uses in healthcare. Most people still associate ultrasound with baby ultrasound scans. Medical ultrasound, however, has much wider uses in the medicine and it is being used to diagnose or exclude a wide of abnormalities such problems with the liver, uterus and ovaries, breasts, testes and even heart.

 

What is ultrasound?

Medical ultrasound (also known as diagnostic sonography or ultrasonography) is a medical imaging technique that uses sound waves to produce images of internal body structures. Most of the people are aware of the navy sonar being used to track items in the sea. The sonar uses high-frequency sound waves that bounce from objects and return to the transmitter that becomes a receiver. This is the same principle with the radar that is being used to spot aeroplanes in the sky and the infamous speed cameras.

The sonar technology, therefore, has been adapted to be used in medical imaging so the sonographer or radiologists can visualise internal body structures.

 

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What is the Cost of private ultrasound in Harley Street, London?

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 What is the Cost of private ultrasound in Harley Street, London?

The main reason of having a private scan in London is to jump the NHS que that can be up to 6 weeks long. Other than faster diagnosis and treatments people choose to have a private scan due to the flexibility of choosing a date and time that doesnt affect their working life and daily plans.

Many people want to know what a private ultrasound cost is in London, but unfortunately there is no quick answer. Well, there is, but the answer is "it depends…….!"

The private scan prices reported online by Private Health in London  and mainly in Harley street where we are located ranging from £180 to £400 with an average price of £327 for the private abdominal scan.

Some websites from ultrasound clinics that offer private scans in London advertise ultrasound prices starting from £30. It does makes you however wonder what you get for your money.

In one of the private scan clinics in London you get a 10mins scan ... This raises concerns about the diagnostic accuracy of these scans. Would you trust them with your and your loved ones lives?

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Walk in Ultrasound - Harley Street, London

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Walk-in Ultrasound - Harley Street, London

It is very common for clients to walk in our ultrasound clinic in Harley Street, London to check for any available scan slots, especially on their lunch breaks as our clinic is located in the heart of London. 

We do understand that it is not always possible to wait and schedule a private ultrasound and we always do our best to accommodate any walk-in clients. 

Sometimes, however, this may not be possible due to fully booked schedule. There are also multiple ultrasound exams that some preparation may be necessary and if you, therefore, come prepared the ultrasound examination may be unsatisfactory and won’t be able to give you the answers you’re looking for. A repeat scan might be necessary in these cases.

As will always do our utmost to offer same day scans to clients who need them and to avoid disappointment the best way to check our availability and if we can accommodate any walk-in clients is to either check our online booking system or give us a call on 020 3633 4902.

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Ultrasound Scan: Colour Doppler, Duplex, and Triplex Doppler. What do they mean?

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You are having an ultrasound scan or your doctor recommended a colour Doppler, duplex or triplex scan. It is normal to get confused as these are not terms that you use every day. On this post, we will try to demystify some of the terms related to ultrasound scanning.

Ultrasound was discovered in 1880 by Jacques and Pierre Curie and its first application was to detect submarines in 1917. In 1956, a team led by Obstetrician Ian Donald and engineer Tom Brown develop the first ultrasound machine to be used in clinical practice. As you can imagine the first applications of ultrasound were primarily in baby scanning. By the end of the 20th century, ultrasound scans were extensively used in maternity clinics.

Initially, the ultrasound images used to be black and white – and still are. These images are called 2D images as being two-dimensional.

 

Doppler Ultrasound

Colour Doppler or colour flow Doppler, that was discovered by Christian Doppler in 1841, is the technology to visualize blood flow during an ultrasound scan. Colour flow is being used all the time these days as it helps to differentiate between different structures, for example, a blood vessel and a cyst that can have the similar appearance on ultrasound. It helps to evaluate the vascularity of a tumour found for example in the breast scan, pelvic scan or liver scan. It helps to evaluate vascularity of whole organs such as in the thyroid scan in cases of thyroiditis.

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GP failed to send the patient for an ultrasound scan to diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis.

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The General Medical Council gave a UK General Practioner an official warning for failing to diagnose leg deep vein thrombosis on a patient. The patient consequently died from pulmonary embolism.

The patient from Newbury saw the GP, Dr Stiff multiple times with concerns about deep vein thrombosis. The General Medical Council investigation concluded that Dr Stiff  failed to adequately assess the patient's swollen ankle and failed to refer the patient for further investigations to exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT). The GP performed a Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound scan of the leg, despite the fact that he had failed to maintain a record of any continuing professional development in ultrasound scanning since 2002.

Strawberry Hill Medical Centre where Dr. Stiff works issued a statement saying:

"Having been this patient’s general practitioner for many years, Dr. Stiff is sorry for and fully understands the distress that this patient’s death will have caused her family."

Unfortunately failing to diagnose deep-vein thrombosis happens too often and it is unacceptable when you consider that a simple 10 minutes DVT ultrasound scan can diagnose the disease and save the patient's life. Dr Stiff performed a DVT ultrasound scan on the patient, he did not, however, have the experience and knowledge required to definitely exclude or confirmed a DVT.

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Improved ultrasound scan Image quality with our new Ultrasound scanner

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We are delighted to introduce our revolutionary NEW High-Performance Ultrasound scanner, with its exceptional ultrasound scan image resolution, it aids fast and accurate diagnosis. We can offer prompt ultrasound appointment times and facilitate proficient diagnostic solutions all in one visit.

Our highly skilled Consultant Sonographers, educated in well-renowned universities from the UK and abroad, have over 20 years of ultrasound scanning experience in the NHS and the private sector. Their unparalleled knowledge combined with experience and passion for ultrasound is your assurance that we will deliver a service second to none. On hand Consultants, Radiologists provide backup opinion and advice as necessary

Combined with our extended opening hours, evenings and weekends and absence of waiting lists, we are able to not only provide the highest standard of care but to minimize anxiety, prevent delay and ensure treatment is given promptly and confidentially.

At Sonoworld Harley Street, London we offer complex private ultrasound examinations including Abdominal, Pelvis, Obstetric, 3D/ 4D, Head and Neck, Breast, Soft tissue lumps and bumps, a wide spectrum of Vascular and the whole range of MSK scans. Additionally, we provide innovative well-being screening packages which can detect early some of the commonest illnesses and can prevent life-threatening conditions. Combined with electronic reporting your results can be instantly made available to your own doctor anywhere in the 'sono' world.

 

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Why have a Private Ultrasound Scan?

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Private ultrasound scan  (also known as medical ultrasound,  diagnostic sonography or ultrasonography) is a diagnostic imaging technique based on the application of ultrasound. It is used to create an image of internal body structures such as tendonsmuscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs. Its aim is often to find a source of a disease or to exclude pathology. The practice of examining pregnant women using ultrasound is called obstetric ultrasound, and was an early development and application of clinical ultrasonography.

There are multiple reasons why our clients choose to book a private ultrasound scan in our private ultrasound clinic in London.

Some of our clients have been referred for an ultrasound scan from their GP to help in diagnosing reasons for their health complaints. The hospital scan times, however, can be long.

The ultrasound waiting times in the NHS can be as long as six weeks and sometimes more, depending on your local hospital. So almost a month and a half that you have to wait to find out what’s wrong with you. This can have a detrimental effect on yourself as it will increase & anxiety.

When you eventually have received your ultrasound scan appointment, you have limited choice regarding the date and time of your scan. Yes, you can call in and reschedule your ultrasound appointment but, in most cases, you will go back to the end of the queue, unless there are any cancellations.

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NHS refused an ultrasound scan to a pensioner who died three days later

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'WE WERE POWERLESS'  Pensioner, 79, died three days after being refused an ultrasound scan ‘that could have saved her life’

 

It was with great sadness that I read the article with the above title in yesterday's 'The Sun' newspaper. 

According to the article, Mrs. Sledmere attended her local hospital in London with abdominal pain and doctor diagnosed here with either gallstones or gastritis.


Unfortunately, she did not receive an ultrasound scan to confirm or exclude gallstones as they did not have any ultrasound scan appointments available at the time and they sent her home where she died three days later from perforated gallbladder.

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Ultrasound Scan - How, What, Why- All your questions answered

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Ultrasound Scan - How, What, Why- All your questions answered

 

What is an ultrasound scan?

An ultrasound scan is a medical diagnostic imaging technique that utilises sound waves to obtain internal images of the body.

A probe, called transducer, rests on the skin. This probe sends soundwaves inside the body. Some of the sound waves bounce back to the prop and a powerful computer creates the black and white ultrasound image. The returning sound are called echoes.

Ultrasound scans are widely being used today as the first line of diagnostic imaging because they are relatively cheap, more available than CT and MRI and have no side effects.

 

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What is the Cost of private ultrasound in London?

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 Many people want to know what a private ultrasound cost is in London, but unfortunately there is no quick answer. Well, there is, but the answer is "it depends…….!"The private scan prices reported online by Private Health in London  and mainly in Harley street where we are located ranging from £180 to £400 with an average ...
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