At BMI The Esperance Hospital, our dedicated breast surgeons and nursing team offer a one stop breast service where all imaging and any required biopsy can be undertaken at the first visit. Imaging can be reported that same afternoon and the biopsy results are usually available the next week.
Here are the diagnostic investigations we offer:
A mammogram is a type of X-ray which is carried out as part of a routine breast examination. The patient would be expected to undress above the waist for this examination and a clinical staff member will guide the patient, positioning the breast flat to get a high-quality picture. You should avoid wearing lotions or body creams during a mammogram. Patients are allowed to eat and drink as normal before and after a mammogram.
Breast MRI Scan
A breast MRI scan uses a powerful magnetic field and radio waves to produce a detail image of the breasts internal structure. A breast MRI is usually done in addition to more routine scans, such a mammogram, when further investigation is required or if a patient breast tissue is very dense.
A breast ultrasound uses high frequency soundwaves to produce an image of the breasts internal structure. This scan is more commonly used when a lump is present. A patient with dense breast tissue may require a breast ultrasound in addition to a mammogram.
Drainage of Breast Cysts
The drainage of a breast cyst, also known as aspiration, involves the use of a needle to puncture the cyst and extract the fluid contain inside. A breast ultrasound can normally identify if a cyst is filled with fluid and required drainage. It’s very important that cysts are treated as when a cyst does fill up with liquid and isn’t treated it can lead to infection and turn into an abscess. An abscess can rupture and if this happens inside the body there is a risk of blood poisoning.
A biopsy is a test that removes tissue or fluid from the breast for examination. The examination can then determine if the cells are cancerous. There are three types of biopsy; fine needle aspiration, core needle biopsy, and surgical biopsy. The type of biopsy required depends on the size and location of the suspicious area.
Breast cancer is the most common cancer type in women. It’s important to examine the breast regularly. Changes in the breast do not always indicate breast cancer; however it is important to be breast aware and to report any changes.
Symptoms to look out for:
- Size changes
- Shape changes
- Rashes on the breast area
- Dimples on the breasts
- Changes in the armpit area
- Discharge of the nipples
- Sunken nipples
For further information or to arrange an appointment please contact us on 01323 411 188 or make an online enquiry.