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Beds and Herts Breast Screening Service
Luton and Dunstable NHS Hospital

Further tests

Why have I been invited back?

You have been invited back for further tests because your mammograms showed a possible abnormality and further tests are needed. This additional appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found.

Can I speak to someone for more information before I come?

If you would like more information about the assessment process you may find it helpful to speak to one of our breast screening nurses. Please feel free to contact us on 01582 497594

How many women are invited back?

About 5 out of every 100 women who have screening will be invited back for this additional assessment. 4 out of 5 of these women will be found to have a normal result.

What will happen at the clinic?

You may have some or all of the following tests:

Mammograms: most women will have further mammograms in order to show a particular part of the breast in greater detail.

Breast examination: the doctor / practitioner will talk to you about your mammograms, will ask you some questions about your general health and will then examine your breasts.

Breast ultrasound: ultrasound will be necessary for some women. An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to provide a picture of the breast tissue. It is harmless and pain free and does not involve any x-rays

Breast needle biopsy: it may be necessary for some women to have a small tissue sample taken from the breast. Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area first.

When will I get the results?
In many cases, the doctor will be able to give you an indication of the expected results at this visit. If a needle sample is taken, the breast screening nurse will talk to you before you leave about your results and how you will receive them.

How long will I be at the clinic?
Your appointment may take up to 4 hours. As you are likely to be in the clinic for some time, you may wish to bring a friend or relative to sit with you while you wait.

We appreciate that it may be worrying to be invited for a further appointment but please remember that the majority of women (4 out of every 5) that come back to this assessment clinic are found to have a normal result.