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Breast lumps are very common and the breast ultrasound scan is the easiest and fastest way to evaluate these lumps. The breast scan 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, non-invasive and do not use ionizing radiation.
Ultrasound is the best choice in determining if a lump is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump or a cancerous tumour) or a fluid-filled sac such as a benign cyst.
The breast ultrasound scan may be performed in the investigation of a number of problems including:
To find out how to do a self-breast exam visit this link.
No preparation is required for the breast ultrasound test.
Before the breast ultrasound scan, the consultant sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch and expose your breasts and you may be asked to raise your arm above your head. A small amount of ultrasound gel will be placed on your skin and a small ultrasound probe will be used to obtain images of the breast tissue. You might see red and blue colours on the screen but this is nothing to worry about and it is what is called colour Doppler ultrasound. Once the imaging is completed, the clear ultrasound gel will be wiped off your skin. The ultrasound gel does not stain or discolour clothing.
During and after the breast ultrasound examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.
At the end of the examination, we will discuss the findings with you and we will provide you with a report for your medical records.
After the scan, you will be able to continue your day as usual.
If an abnormality is seen during the examination, our sonographer will be able to recommend the necessary follow up investigations such as an FNA.
Breast ultrasound is safe and painless and produces pictures of the inside of the body using sound waves. It involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and the computer uses those sound waves to create an internal image of the breast without the need of radiation.
During a breast ultrasound examination, the sonographer performing the test may use Doppler techniques to evaluate blood flow or lack of flow in any breast mass. In some cases, this may provide additional information as to the cause of the mass.
Many studies have shown that ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can help supplement mammography by detecting breast cancers that may not be visible with mammography. MRI is more sensitive than ultrasound in picking up breast cancer, but MRI may not be available to all women. If screening MRI is performed, then screening ultrasound is not needed, although ultrasound may still be used to characterize and biopsy abnormalities were seen on MRI.
When ultrasound is used for screening, abnormalities not visible with mammography may be identified, including some that may require biopsy. Many of the abnormalities found with screening breast ultrasound are not cancer (false positives), but breast US allows for a full examination.
Ultrasound can be offered as a screening tool for women who:
Unlike an NHS breast ultrasound scan, a doctor's referral is not necessary for a private breast scan. You can book your breast ultrasound scan by using our online booking system or by calling us.
Arranging an appointment at Sonoworld for a breast ultrasound scan is simple. We can arrange an appointment at a convenient time for you on the phone or you can choose your appointment using our online booking schedule. Same-day appointments are usually available if you are experiencing symptoms and you need rapid answers.
You can book a private breast ultrasound in our clinic without a doctor's referral.
We believe that quick access to diagnostic imaging can improve diagnosis and treatment and consequently life expectancy. The cost of any private examination should not be prohibited from someones well being and therefore we are trying to keep the cost of the breast scan in London as low as possible.
-- Consultant Ultrasound Practitioner Daniela Stan, MSc Medical Ultrasound.
Specialties: MSK, Breast, Abdomen, Small Parts, Gynaecology/Obstetrics and Vascular..
Daniela Stan is a London based NHS and Private Consultant Sonographer, with more than 20 years’ experience in Healthcare. She holds a degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davilla, Bucharest, Romania and a Medical Doctor License in Family Medicine. After graduating from the Medical School Program in 1997 .. Read More