Breast Diagnostic Tests

Breast Ultrasound

A breast ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves that are transmitted through the breast to form sectional images of the area being examined. A breast ultrasound is not considered a screening test but as an investigative test. Often this procedure is used if a lump has been detected or for further evaluation of dense breast tissue.

Ultrasound scans are effective for breast diagnosis in all age groups and many women will be advised to have both a mammogram and an ultrasound scan.

What to expect?

The scan is carried out by a Consultant Breast Radiologist with the patient lying down on their back and a small amount of gel applied on the area to be examined. The radiologist will move the ultrasound probe over the skin, pressing down gently. The image will be shown on a screen in real time, giving the radiologist the information needed to diagnose. This will take less than half an hour to complete and you can return to your normal activities immediately after the test.

For further information and appointments please contact us on:
+44 (0) 20 7234 2009, info.lbh@hcahealthcare.co.uk