Screening for breast cancer

A special type of breast mammogram that is used as a screening tool for early detection of breast cancer

What is tomosynthesis?

Tomosynthesis is a special type of mammogram that is used as a screening tool for early detection of breast cancer by creating a high definition 3D image of the breast.

It may also be used in conjunction with a 2D mammogram to give a more detailed picture of your breast tissue.

Need to know

  • What happens during the scan?  icon plus

    Performed in the same way as a normal 2D mammogram, tomosynthesis screening is performed by a HCA UK radiographer and takes no more than 20 minutess. Unlike a 2D mammogram, tomosynthesis produces multiple images from different angles, forming a 3D image of your breast tissue. This image is then reviewed by a HCA UK radiologist.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    On the day of your appointment, you will be asked to undress to the waist, so it may be easier to wear appropriate clothing to your appointment.
    No special preparation is usually required before a tomosynthesis screening, and you can continue to eat and drink normally beforehand. 

    You may feel some mild discomfort during the procedure, but this should pass quickly. If you are concerned about the discomfort, you may choose to take a mild analgesic prior to your appointment.
  • After the scan icon plus

    After the tomosynthesis procedure has finished you will be able to go home the same day and you should not experience any side effects. Your imaging report will then be sent to your GP or consultant. If the report is inconclusive, you may be recalled for further investigations and screening.

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Our advisors can help with enquiries about booking a diagnostic scan and can help you book an appointment for a diagnostic test or scan once you have been referred by a GP or consultant.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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