Breast Imaging

The breast imaging service for Berkshire Imaging is provided at Circle Reading and Spire Dunedin hospitals. We have a dedicated female team of Berkshire Imaging Consultant Radiologists and offer a comprehensive service with specialists experienced in reporting mammograms, breast ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Mammograms

We provide an annual mammographic screening service for women over the age of 40 years. For women experiencing breast problems we work in close conjunction with the specialist breast clinicians/surgeons at Circle and Dunedin Hospitals.

When having a mammogram you will need to remove your top clothes and a female mammographer will then position you carefully and apply gentle compression to each breast in turn while the image is obtained using low dose x-rays.

Ultrasound

Breast ultrasound examination in women over the age of 35 years is often used in conjunction with mammograms and in younger women ultrasound examination alone is recommended.

For this examination, which is painless and safe, you will need to remove your top clothes and lie on a couch. Jelly is applied to the skin and the ultrasound probe, held by the Consultant Radiologist, is used to analyse the breast tissue.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI is a highly specialised imaging examination that can be used for breast evaluation. It does not use x-rays but instead a strong magnetic field and radio frequency waves.

We provide an annual screening service for women known to be at increased risk of developing breast cancer because of a family history.

MRI is also used in the assessment of women with breast implants and may be used in addition to mammograms and ultrasound when necessary.

The examination is simple and takes approximately 30 minutes. A female radiographer will take you into the scan room and you will be given a gown to wear and asked to remove your top clothes. For most breast examinations it is necessary to place a small needle in your arm beforehand. This allows us to give an injection during the examination to provide information on the blood flow in the breasts and identify any abnormality.

You will need to lie on your stomach with your breasts resting but not compressed in specially designed supports. We will try to make you as comfortable as possible as is it very important you keep still during the scan. The scanner is fairly noisy and you will be given headphones to wear so you can listen to music during the scan. A friend or relative may stay with you during the scan.

A Berkshire Imaging Consultant Radiologist will interpret the images and send a report to your own Consultant.

Further information

Berkshire Imaging LLP . The Forbury Clinic . 23 Craven Road . Reading . Berkshire . RG1 5LE . Telephone: 0118 921 3177
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