Ultrasound

 

Ultrasound scanning

It uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the body. It can show internal organs as well as blood flow, and as a result, ultrasound is used to look for any changes in organs and tissue.

The advantages of ultrasound

Ultrasound is used to look at the breast to identify any suspicious lumps. It enables radiologists to have a clearer picture of the soft tissue so they can work out what is going on in the breast more easily and distinguish potential breast tumours from harmless breast lumps, such as fat lobules or benign (non-cancerous) breast cysts.

It can help detect and classify problems that are not easy to identify using mammography alone, which is often the case in younger women who have dense breast tissue.Because ultrasound imaging is in ‘real-time’ it helps with other diagnostic tests such as needle biopsies and fine needle aspirations.

What to expect at an ultrasound scan

To perform this, the consultant will place a gel on the relevant part of your skin and gently move a handheld scanner across that area to produce an image on a computer screen. You may be required to remove or loosen clothing to complete the scan.

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We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

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Birmingham

Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 353 3055

Bristol

300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4SY

01454 456500

Chelmsford

Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

+44 (0)1245 987 901

Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

020 7460 5626

Elstree

Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

+44 (0)208 236 9040

Guildford

BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3LX

+44 (0)1483 806 000

Maidstone

17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4UA

+44 (0)1732 207 000

Milton Keynes

Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, MK14 6LS

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Newmarket

The Oaks, Fordham Road, Newmarket, CB8 7XN

+44 (0)1223 907 600

Nottingham

The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

+44 (0)115 966 2250

Oxford

Sandy Lane West, Peters Way, Oxford, OX4 6LB

+44 (0)1865 237 700

Portsmouth

Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

+44 (0)23 9248 4992

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+44 (0)238 076 4961

Windsor

69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

+44 (0)1753 418 444