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.
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.
If you fit under any of the following, you may be suitable for a breast ultrasound at one of our LycaHealth breast centres:
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
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:
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.
Speak to one of our private GPs in London