Wesley Diagnostic Breast Clinic

What happens at the Wesley Diagnostic Breast Clinic?

The goal of this clinic is to provide a competent and complete diagnosis for women with any breast symptoms or problems. A referral from your doctor is required. To make a diagnosis for most breast problems, several investigations are necessary and these are complementary to each other.  We intend to complete them all at one visit.
 

When will I receive my results?

Your Clinic Doctor will be able to give you the results of most investigations or procedures performed on the day before you leave the Clinic.  Any biopsy results may take up to 48 hours.

Who will I see?

When you arrive at the clinic, you will be shown into the lounge and asked to complete a consent for imaging and a personal history form. You may consult several different people during your visit. They will all explain the processes and answer your questions. However, you will receive your results only from the clinic doctor towards the end of your visit. Most women will be called initially by a radiographer for their mammogram, but some will have their consultation with the doctor before any imaging is done. After mammography, you will have a consultation with a doctor, who will:
  • Take a detailed history of your symptoms
  • Examine your breasts
  • Answer your questions about the investigations
  • Answer your questions about breast disease in general
  • Advise you on the investigations you need

 

You may need an ultrasound scan. This is an examination which is sometimes complementary to mammography. If appropriate, some women will have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram. It may be suggested that you see our panel surgeon for another clinical assessment. He/she will take your breast history and examine your breasts.

 
The panel (radiologist, surgeon and clinic doctor)will then discuss your symptoms and your investigations. They will formulate a diagnosis and recommend continuing management. Your clinic doctor will then give you your results and answer your questions. A letter will be forwarded to your referring doctor.

How long will it take?

This is difficult to predict, because we never know how many women will need which investigations.  Our time sequences are complex and a few women experience some waiting.  We always try to minimise your waiting time.  The total time varies from 2 to 4 hours.

Additional Procedures?

Sometimes a core biopsy test is required for a definitive diagnosis.  We may be unable to do a core biopsy during regular visits, so you may need to return on a different day.

What if surgery is recommended?

If surgery is recommended, the clinic doctor will discuss the situation with you and answer your questions, before you leave the clinic. The clinic will contact your own doctor, who will discuss further treatment with you and provide a surgical referral.

 


 

Additional Information - The Wesley Breast Clinic

  • Breast core biopsy

  • Breast implants

  • Common Breast Problems