Breast screening and imaging
The unit uses the latest technology to detect breast cancer as early as possible and to provide a quality service to all patients who attend. We have two mammography rooms — one is especially suited for disabled patients in a wheelchair. Our specialist mammographers are fully trained in using the equipment and making the patients visit as comfortable as possible.
The type of imaging used by the breast screening and imaging department:
Mammography - a special x-ray picture of the breast
Ultrasound - an ultrasound scan which is a painless test, that uses sound waves to create images of organs and structures inside your body, in this case, the breast
Biopsy - a biopsy in which a small sample of tissue is removed from the breast, under local anaesthetic. The sample of tissue is then examined by our pathologists to look for abnormal cells (malignant or benign)
Breast screening programme for women aged 47 – 73
Other services provided
Our Breast Care Unit also provides a service for women with a family history of breast cancer. You will need to be referred by your GP to access this clinic.
Please note: to make your screening or symptomatic appointment as comfortable as possible, we would advise that you wear two pieces clothing eg trouser or skirt and top. Also we advise that you do not wear deodorant or antiperspirant on the day as this may interfere with some of the tests.