Mammography is an examination of the breast tissue to detect and diagnose breast pathology. At QDI we use advanced mammography systems allowing low dose imaging with superior image quality.
We also offer 3D tomosynthesis at many of our specialised breast imaging centres, especially helpful for patients that have sensitive, dense breast tissue.
Ultrasound imaging of breast tissue uses sound waves to produce pictures of the internal structures of the breast. Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive procedure and does not use ionising radiation.
Breast MRI is recommended for women who are at a high risk for developing breast cancer, usually due to a strong family history or gene mutation such as BRCA1 or BRCA2. It can also assist diagnosis in women with dense breast tissue. Breast MRI is considered more sensitive in detecting breast cancer, and is best performed in combination with mammography and ultrasound.
Interventional Breast Procedures
At QDI we offer the following interventional breast procedures at most of our clinics:
- Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
- Vacuum assisted Core Biopsy
- Stereotactic core biopsy
- Hook wire insertion
- Breast Aspiration
What to tell us?
Please advise if you are pregnant, suspect you may be pregnant, are breastfeeding or have breast implants, as well as if your doctor has referred you for a breast ultrasound.
How long does it take?
Most breast procedures are completed within 30 – 60 minutes.
Where can I have a mammogram or breast ultrasound?
- Byron Bay
- Holy Spirit Hospital
- North Lakes
- North West Hospital
- Varsity Lakes
Please note that a Medicare rebate and a health fund benefit may apply for these examinations. If there as a gap payment, which is the patient’s responsibility, you will be informed of all out of pocket costs at the time of appointment booking.
Your results will be forwarded electronically to your referring doctor and should be available within 24 hours.
Unless we have to source other films done by another provider for comparison (eg BreastScreen), then you should allow up to 1 weeks for results to be finalised.