Private Breast Ultrasound London

As part of our new breast clinic launching at LycaHealth, we are providing a private breast ultrasound service in Canary Wharf and Orpington. When used in conjunction with a mammogram, a breast ultrasound provides valuable additional information about breast abnormalities. This will enable you to get a faster, more detailed and more accurate breast diagnosis. Find out more about this service launching soon.

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Breast Ultrasound clinicians

Available at the following clinics

Canary Wharf

0207 132 1440

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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Orpington

01689 490 111

Mon – Fri: 9am to 5pm

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LycaHealth Breast Centres

This August, LycaHealth is launching a one-stop breast clinic, that will offer breast screening, private breast mammograms and breast ultrasounds. The Canary Wharf Breast Centre and The Orpington Breast Centre are ideal for both routine and symptomatic breast imaging and diagnostics, especially where further investigation is required.

Read more about our London breast ultrasound service launching soon and how to book below.

Breast ultrasound

If you’re aged 40 or over, you can have your mammogram with us; either as part of a routine breast screen or, if you’re symptomatic and have been referred by your GP. Whilst the vast majority of mammogram results come back normal, around four in every 100 people are called back for further breast testing. This is where a breast ultrasound can be a very useful diagnostic tool.

Generally, you’ll be referred for a breast ultrasound when an abnormality, such as a lump or change in breast tissue, has been identified on your mammogram. An ultrasound works by emitting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off the breast tissue and come back at different frequencies to allow the breast ultrasound machine to produce the picture we see on the screen.

The picture created enables our radiologists to see what is going on inside the breast, helping us to look at what a mammogram has identified in greater detail. For example, this could help to determine a fluid-filled cyst from a lump that is solid. Remember, being referred for an ultrasound does not mean you have breast cancer. It simply means we need to carry out some more tests to understand the nature and cause of what has been discovered.

Who is suitable for a breast ultrasound?

If you fit under any of the following, you may be suitable for a breast ultrasound at one of our LycaHealth breast centres:

  • You are aged 40+ and have had abnormal results from your mammogram
  • You are under 40 and are symptomatic, or you have dense breast tissue where a mammogram is ineffective
  • You are pregnant, or are currently breastfeeding

If you have any questions about this service, or would like to book a private breast ultrasound appointment in London, call 0207 132 1440 to speak with our clinic team

Results

The results of your breast ultrasound will be available for you to discuss with your doctor immediately after your scan. Depending on the nature of your results, you will either be told to come for another breast screen in a few years, or further tests and imaging may be required. As part of our one-stop breast clinic, we are able to carry out the following tests on-site:

  • Breast biopsy
  • Fine needle biopsy
  • Breast MRI

Benefits of breast ultrasounds

  1. They are excellent when used in combination with other breast screening methods such as mammography or MRIs and help to investigate any breast problems in greater detail. Breast ultrasounds can even be used with a breast biopsy, helping to guide the needle used in the procedure.
  2. It is a non-invasive and painless procedure that is carried out in less than 30 minutes.
  3. It is ideal for women with dense breast tissue.
  4. There is no exposure to radiation, unlike a mammogram which uses x-rays. This is ideal for pregnant women, or where there is a risk with exposure to radiation.
  5. It can be used to identify whether breast skin thickening is simply a change in breast tissue or a tumour.

How to book in for your private ultrasound with us

The Canary Wharf Breast Centre & The Orpington Breast Centre is launching in August 2021. If you do have any questions about our one-stop breast clinic, or our private ultrasound service, do get in touch with our team who will be more than happy to help. Be sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date with further announcements coming soon.

There is nothing in particular you need to do to prepare for your private breast ultrasound with us. The scan is quick and painless, and you should be able to go home straight afterwards.

Unlike many other procedures, breast ultrasounds are virtually risk-free. It is non-invasive and involves no exposure to radiation, unlike other imaging scans.

You may be wondering what a breast ultrasound costs. If this is the case, please do contact the clinic for further information. View our full self-pay price list for our range of private healthcare service costs.

Breast ultrasound scans are generally used in conjunction with other breast screening services to view the breast in greater detail. It is not used as a routine screen to detect breast cancer. However, breast cancer ultrasound images can be used with other tools to assist a breast cancer diagnosis.

One of the main differences between a breast ultrasound and mammogram is that a breast ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image, whereas a mammogram uses x-rays. Mammograms are generally more effective for breast screening services, particularly in non-symptomatic patients, whereas breast ultrasounds are useful to assist in symptomatic cases. One isn’t superior to the other, they are simply best used in different cases.

A referral from a doctor is required for a breast ultrasound, however, if you don’t have a referral letter we can arrange for you to speak to one of our experienced GPs who will, if appropriate arrange a referral for you.

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