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That’s why we work with a team of specialists in our Breast Clinic. The clinic is led by consultant breast surgeons who are supported by dedicated Breast Radiologists, mammographers and nurses, one of which is a Macmillan Breast Care Nurse Specialist.
If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, you do not need a referral from your GP to attend the Breast Clinic.
Specialist breast radiologists perform ultrasounds. If a biopsy or aspiration is required, your radiologist will be able to do this during your appointment. It usually takes around 48 hours for the results.
Our specialist mammographers will carry out your mammogram and the images will be sent to your consultant during the same clinic. Occasionally, further diagnostic tests may be needed. Your consultant will be able to discuss this with you.
A mammogram is an x-ray machine designed specifically to take 2-D images of the breast. During a mammogram the breast is positioned between two flat plates on the machine which lightly press together. There may be some discomfort but our mammographers do their best to minimise this.
Two x-rays will be taken of the breast and the images sent to a computer where the pictures are reviewed and a report developed.
Tomosynthesis is a special kind of mammogram that produces a 3-dimensional image of the breast by using several low dose x-rays obtained at different angles. This type of scan is usually only requested if there is a specific clinical need.
The breast is positioned and compressed between two small flat plates, in the same way as for a mammogram, but the x-ray tube moves in a circular arc around the breast. Our team of specialists do their best to minimise any discomfort you might feel during your scan.
It takes less than 10 seconds for the imaging. The x-ray dose for a tomosynthesis image is similar to that of a regular mammogram. The information from the x-rays is sent to a computer, which produces a focused 3-D image of the breast. Two radiologists will review the images and develop a report.
KIMS Hospital is one of only two independent hospitals in Kent that offers tomosynthesis.
A handheld probe emitting high-frequency sound waves is used to scan breast tissue. A gel is applied to the area of the breast that is to be examined, allowing greater contact between the probe and skin.
The probe is moved over the examination area producing a real-time image that is shown on a screen. The radiologist will be able to use the image to help diagnose any irregularities in the breast tissue.
A biopsy is a procedure that involves taking a small sample of breast tissue that can be examined under a microscope. A consultant breast surgeon may request you have a biopsy in order to help diagnose the area of concern. A core needle biopsy is performed under local anaesthetic and ultrasound is used to guide the needle into the right place to take the sample.
Aspiration uses a needle to draw off fluid from a cyst that is detected during an ultrasound scan.
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