Breast Imaging
Breast Imaging

At Kent and Sussex Radiology Group, we offer private breast imaging for patients with breast symptoms or for breast cancer screening. Our four breast radiologists work closely with our breast surgeons to provide a rapid accurate diagnosis and ensure the best possible care and treatment for each individual patient.

At Kent and Sussex Radiology Group we offer three main types of breast imaging: mammograms (including tomosynthesis), breast ultrasound, and breast MRIs.

1. Mammograms are low-dose X-rays that are used to screen the breasts for potential problems such as tumours. Tomosynthesis is a special type of mammogram that provides a 3D view of the breast. We can provide annual mammograms to women over 40 years old. Mammograms are reviewed by two different breast radiologists which is the national standard practice.

2. Ultrasound is often used in conjunction with mammograms to help further investigate areas of concern identified during examination or on mammograms. We can also use ultrasound to help us take a biopsy.

3. Breast MRI use radio waves and strong magnets to produce a detailed picture of the inside of the breast. We use breast MRIs in addition to mammograms and ultrasound in certain clinical scenarios. We sometimes use them to determine the extent of breast cancer or to look for tumours in the other breast. They can also be helpful to assess for problems with breast implants.

We also offer microbubble guided biopsy of axillary nodes which is a novel technique used to more accurately identify abnormal nodes prior to cancer surgery. This has been proven to reduce the need for a second operation on the armpit.

We offer private breast imaging at the Nuffield Hospital, the Spire Hospital and Sevenoaks Medical Centre.

Patients without symptoms can self-refer for a screening mammogram.

Patients with breast symptoms are usually referred by their general practitioner to a breast surgeon. We then aim to provide imaging on the same day as your assessment by the breast surgeon (so called ‘one stop service’).

You will need to initially be seen by a breast surgeon.