Breast screening helps detect cancer or any other abnormalities at an early stage. This helps with early treatment. To help with early detection, women are advised to get their mammograms annually done, once they reach age 40 and over. You can self refer for your mammogram provided you have no breast symptoms and are registered with a NHS GP.
At 108 Harley Street, our walk-in imaging clinic offers you rapid diagnostic tests which include routine breast mammography, ultrasounds for women below the age of 40 and other procedures like biopsies, cyst aspiration and marker insertions all under one roof.
Early detection gives us the chance to treat it before the cancer spreads leading to a more positive outcome.
Types of Mammograms
The traditional 2D mammogram is a two imaged X-ray taken digitally. The first X-ray image is taken by the mammographer from the top followed by a side image. This is done unilaterally (for one single breast) or bilaterally (for both the breasts).
Screening helps detect breast cancer or any abnormalities which are too small to see or feel.
3D Digital Mammogram
Our full field digital 3D tomosynthesis mammography is a diagnostic examination that uses high powered computing to help compile a series of images to a “3-dimensional viewed mammogram”.
This type of mammogram helps radiologists to see breast tissue more clearly and can examine the tissue a millimetre at a time. This means fine details of the breast are more visible, with no tissue going unnoticed or hidden.
3D mammograms are offered to the following group of people:
- Young patients, patients with known dense breast tissue,
- Patients with new lumps,
- Patients with a family history
- Patients with breast cancer