We perform diagnostic mammograms if you have symptoms your GP, Specialist or Breast Surgeon asks to be investigated. A GP Referral is required for Diagnostic Mammograms.
For diagnostic mammograms (and screening mammograms) we utilise Digital Breast Tomosynthesis or 3D Mammography. Instead of viewing all the complexities of your breast tissue in a flat image, the Specialist can examine the tissue one layer at a time like turning the pages of a book. A Mammographer (who is a specially trained radiographer) will explain and guide you through the procedure. She will ask about your relevant medical history which may include information about any current symptoms and your family history. The mammographer will gently position each breast, one at a time for each picture. Generally, at least 2 views of each breast will be taken. Your breast is compressed with a plastic plate for just a few seconds. You are free to ask any questions and discuss with the mammographer if you experience any discomfort. Your images will be reviewed and any additional views or imaging may be required to ensure you receive a comprehensive examination.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. It is a diagnostic tool used at Breast Diagnostic Specialists to help diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities found during a physical exam, mammogram or breast MRI. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation. It requires little to no special preparation. You will be asked to undress from the waist up and to wear a gown during the procedure. It is extremely important to bring any previous breast examination scans to your appointment for comparison.
As we have a comprehensive approach to Breast Health we also have a range of interventional procedures which we perform on-site, including biopsies. This helps minimise the time for further appointments and results. Your GP, Breast Surgeon or the Specialist may request one or more of these procedures when required.