What is Specialised Women’s Imaging?
Specialised Women’s Imaging covers a range of breast diagnostic and interventional services. Our team of specialist radiographers, mammographers and sonographers use the latest in 3D breast imaging technology.
Specialised Women’s Imaging services include:
- Breast ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Interventional breast procedures.
What is Mammography?
Mammography is a type of X-ray that examines the breast tissue. It’s used for early detection and diagnosis of abnormalities or problems with a woman’s breasts. At QDI, we use advanced mammography systems with low-dose X-rays for accurate imagery and safety. 3D tomosythesis aids imaging of sensitive, dense breast tissue.
What is Breast Ultrasound?
Breast Ultrasound uses soundwaves to produce pictures of the internal structure of the breast. Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive procedure that uses no ionizing radiation. It’s primarily used to diagnose breast lumps and other abnormalities.
What is a Breast MRI?
A breast MRI is a medical imaging procedure that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce cross-sectional images of the breast tissue. Breast MRI does not replace mammography or ultrasound, but is a complementary imaging technique. Breast MRI is indicated in the following circumstances:
- Evaluation of patients with breast implants
- Follow up of patients with treated breast cancer
- Evaluation of patients diagnosed with breast cancer (multifocality)
- Screening of women at high risk of developing breast cancer
- Evaluating patients with factors complicating non-MRI imaging (eg dense breasts, diffuse pathology)
- Screening for primary cancer in metastatic presentations (search for an unknown primary cancer)
Additional Breast Procedures
At QDI, we offer the following interventional breast procedures:
- Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
- Vacuum-assisted core biopsy
- Stereotactic core Biopsy
- Hook wire insertion
- Breast aspiration
For needle aspiration procedures, you’ll be asked to lie on your back on the examination bed with one arm above your head. The area will be cleaned with antiseptic liquid before the needle is guided into position. Once inserted, the doctor will make several small, gentle movements with the needle to collect cells or fluid. Sometimes a local anaesthetic is given prior to aspiration.
For breast biopsy procedures, you’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the breast. A small nick or cut will be made in the skin and the needle will be inserted into the breast. As samples of tissue are taken, you may feel pressure and discomfort but usually no pain. After the samples have been taken, the biopsy area will be covered. The small nick or cut usually heals within a few days of the exam.
How long does it take?
Most breast procedures are completed within 30 and 60 minutes.
How should I prepare?
When you book your appointment, we’ll discuss any preparation needed for your particular procedure.
Please wear a two-piece outfit so it’s easy for you to remove your top for the examination.
If you’re having a mammogram, please don’t wear deodorant, hairspray, talcum powder or body cream on the day of your examination. Digital mammography is sensitive and material on the skin surface may affect your results.
You should let us know when you make the appointment:
- if you’re pregnant or may possibly be pregnant
- if you have breast implants.
For MRI patients, please advise:
- if you’re taking hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
- if you have a known allergy to the contrast agent used for MRI
- if you have any health conditions, such as serious kidney problems or sickle cell anaemia
- if you have a pacemaker, brain aneurysm clips, heart clips, ear implants, cochlear implants or any other implanted devices or prostheses
- if you have any metallic foreign bodies in your body, including shrapnel
- if you have had eye surgery
- if you suffer from claustrophobia.
If you’re having a breast MRI, you may be asked for the date of the first day of your menstrual cycle to determine an appointment time with minimal interference from hormone-related changes occurring in the breast tissue.
Please bring any previous scans that are relevant to your examination. Your radiologist may use these for comparison.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment so that any paperwork can be completed.
What will it cost?
A Medicare rebate benefit may apply for these examinations. If there’s an out-of-pocket expense, we’ll let you know when you book your appointment.
When will I get the results?
We will prepare a report for your doctor or health practitioner and send it electronically within 24 – 48 hours. You should make an appointment with your referring doctor to receive and talk about your test results.
- Follow preparations advised at the time of booking appointment.
- Quoted fees payable at the completion of your appointment.
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
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Which locations offer Specialised Women's Imaging?
QDI performs women’s imaging services at a number of clinics: