Breast Cancer Ultrasound Testing

See a consultant breast radiologist in a relaxed setting

At MUMS ( Midlands Ultrasound and Medical Services ) the following breast services are available at our state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment centre in Solihull. The service is provided by Mr Seni Mylvaganam, Consultant Breast Surgeon and Maria Carillo, Consultant Breast Radiologist.

Mr Seni Mylvaganam,  MUMS Consultant Breast Surgeon offers consultations where a full examination, history and diagnostic choice takes place. Breast Ultrasound Scanning/Biopsies/Aspirations can be performed at MUMS following consultation with Mr Seni and in most cases – on the same day of the consultation.

Ultrasound scan of your breast

An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to give a picture of breast tissue. Ultrasound gel will be applied to your skin and a probe is passed over your breast to produce a picture on a screen. This is the same technique used during pregnancy to look at a baby in the womb.

Core Biopsy

If you need to have a core biopsy, then MUMS offer this service. Our Consultant Radiologist will perform this under ultrasound guided assistance. The Breast Surgeon will decide if this diagnostic test is required. This procedure will involve the Radiologist inserting a needle into your breast to take a tissue sample. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area.

We are a breast consultant led private clinic that specialise in breast ultrasound scanning, aspirating, biopsies etc.

Breast Ultrasound 

Breast Ultrasound Scans/Breast Biopsies/Breast Lump Aspirations - are only available after an initial consultation with MUMS Consultant Breast Surgeon Mr Seni Mylvaganam – to ensure this is the most appropriate diagnostic for you.

Ultrasound Scan Breast 

  • Unilateral ( single breast) £185
  • Bilateral (both breasts) £225

This scan looks at the areas where women have felt a lump/lumps and this scan is targeted to the area of concern. This scan would look at the whole breast for reassurance to exclude any concerning lesions. This does not require any preparation and is not painful unless the breasts are very sensitive.

Ultrasound Axilla (armpit)

  • Unilateral (single armpit) £185
  • Bilateral (both armpits) £225

This scan looks at the lymph nodes in one or both armpits to see if there are any abnormalities. This scan is performed if there is a lump/lumps in the area or if there is a suspected cancer in the same breast.

Ultrasound Scan and Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)

  • Fine Needle Aspiration £300
  • Laboratory pathology analysis £220

This can be performed if there is a cyst that needs aspirating or if there is a lump that needs investigation in one of the breasts. It is performed under local anaesthetic. This is not a very painful procedure and has very few complications. If the sample is sent to the laboratory for assessment the results will take 14 days to report a result.

MUMS Consultant radiologist will use a fine needle under ultrasound guided assistance. The sample – often referred to as cytology is sent to our partner laboratory for pathology analysis.

MUMS Consultant Radiologist will make you feel comfortable. You will be asked to lie down whilst the ultrasound scan and the sample taking is performed. The needle will be inserted into your breast to enable the consultant radiologist to obtain a sample of breast fluid which contains cells that our pathologist will analyse and report to us.

Ultrasound Scan and Core Biopsy

  • Core biopsy £350
  • Laboratory pathology analysis £220

A core biopsy of the breast is a test which involves taking a small sample of tissue from an abnormal area in the breast. If the abnormality can be easily felt, the core biopsy will be performed by Dr Carillo without ultrasound scan guidance.  If the abnormality is not easily felt, Dr Carillo will use an ultrasound scan to guide her to the abnormality. The biopsy itself does not take very long to perform and usually the whole process is finished in 15 to 20 minutes.
After cleaning the skin, the area is numbed using a local anaesthetic, which may sting briefly. A small cut may be made in the skin to assist in placing the biopsy needle close to the abnormality. The needle is attached to a small device which quickly fires the needle into the abnormality taking a narrow tubular core of tissue. The device makes a loud clicking noise (we will let you hear the noise first, so it does not take you by surprise). This process may be repeated several times to ensure an adequate sample is obtained. You may feel a slight discomfort and a sensation of pressure for a short time.

The tissue sample will then be sent to our partner laboratory and analysed by an experienced pathologist who will be able to make a diagnosis by studying the sample under a microscope. You will be able to go home after the procedure and return to normal activities the next day.

We have ample parking, great patient reviews and short waiting times.

You can call us on 0121 704 2669 to understand more about our breast screening services, Mr Seni – Consultant Breast surgeon or our breast tests such as genetic tests, blood tests, ultrasound etc.