Services and treatments at The Lister Hospital

Breast care

Clinical Department

Breast care


Chelsea Breast Clinic at the Lister Hospital offers a comprehensive patient-focused breast care service, covering everything from diagnosis to treatment.  We use the latest state-of-the-art scanning and imaging equipment for breast assessment, including digital mammogram.

All Breast Care services at the Lister Hospital are consultant-lead, supported by a multidisciplinary team of radiologists, breast care nurses and reconstructive plastic surgeons.   


"One-stop" consultations are available: at your appointment, your consultant will assess your symptoms and identify any potential problems through a series of diagnostic procedures called a Triple Assessment, which includes:

  • imaging
  • clinical examination
  • biopsy (although this may not be necessary).

These tests will be carried out at the same time, to avoid of the inconvenience of a second appointment and to minimise any possible worries.



Imaging appointments

If your doctor has referred you for a mammogram or ultrasound, please call our Imaging team on +44 (0)20 7730 3759.


Book an appointment with a Breast Care Consultant either at The Lister Hospital or Chelsea Outpatient Centre: +44 (0)20 7730 8298


Diagnostic and imaging services include:


A mammogram is a low dose x-ray of your breasts. It is carried out by gently compressing the breast between two plates. Each breast is x-rayed twice from different perspectives giving four x-rays altogether. Occasionally extra views may also be required.


An ultrasound scan builds up a picture of your internal organs using sound waves of a frequency above the audible range of the human ear.  During the ultrasound, gel is applied to the breast and a handheld probe is moved over the skin to examine the underlying breast tissue.


An MRI scanner produces high-quality, cross sectional images of internal body structures without radiation.  It's a highly specialist investigation which is usually only used when the standard imaging modalities leave a degree of doubt about the full clinical picture.

Core needle biopsy

A core needle biopsy is used to obtain a piece of breast tissue about half the size of a matchstick.  Often two or three samples are taken and the tissue obtained is enough to make a definitive analysis of any lump.

Vacuum assisted biopsy

Vacuum assisted biopsies are performed for two reasons:

1) if your Consultant is in any doubt about an accurate diagnosis after a standard core biopsy or fine needle aspiration test
2) to excise benign areas from the breast under local anaesthetic, as an alternative to surgery.

It's a 20 minute procedure performed under ultrasound or mammographic guidance.

Fine needle aspiration

Using a fine needle and a syringe, individual cells or small clusters of cells are collected from the breast tissue.  The procedure is not painful and is similar to the discomfort of having a blood test.

Specialist breast care nurse

A specialist nurse is always available during the clinics at the Lister Hospital, to help you with any part of your visit, or to answer any of your queries.  She can also advise you or provide you with written information relating to any aspect of your breast problem.

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