Imaging for patients with breast symptoms

If your GP or breast specialist has referred you to the breast imaging unit for tests, you may be sent appointments for the breast clinic (outpatients) as well as for breast imaging.

MammogramBreast imaging

If you are over 35, a female radiographer will perform your mammogram. This only takes a few minutes. Some patients may also have an ultrasound examination and other tests at the same visit.

Ultrasound scanIf you are under 35, we will usually perform an ultrasound.

The results from these examinations are sent to your GP or the breast clinic.


Outpatient breast clinic

If you are attending the outpatient breast clinic it is not always possible for your imaging appointment to be on the same day. Please check your appointment letter(s) carefully. During your appointment you will be examined by a breast specialist, and the results of any imaging or other tests will be explained and discussed with you.

You may wish to bring someone with you to discuss any information or results that you receive. Our specialist breast care nurses are also present at these clinics for additional support.

If you need to change your appointment, please contact us.

Wessex Cancer Trust

The Wessex Cancer Trust supports many aspects of cancer care for adults and children, including research, counselling, the production of information leaflets, the appointment of breast care nurses, the improvement of patient facilities, the purchase of equipment and the provision of mobile breast screening units. It also provides financial help for cancer patients and their families. If you would like more information please call 023 8067 2200 or go to