The Harley Street Breast Clinic

Routine and rapid breast screening with same-day diagnosis, advice and treatments for all breast problems.

3rd Floor, 148 Harley Street, London, W1G 7LG

Procedures Explained

Core Needle Biopsy, Digital Mammogram, Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC), Ultrasound, Final Consultation

If you are concerned about Breast Problems or are due for a Routine Scan contact our Breast Care Team.

    Core Needle Biopsy

    A core needle biopsy test takes a very small slither of tissue. Because the tissue is intact as opposed to individual cells, more information is derived from this test as the architecture of the breast tissue can be examined microscopically.

    Digital Mammogram

    Mammograms are low dose x-rays of the breast. They are generally only carried out in women over the age of 35 years, and women over 40 can self refer for an annual check up.

    Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology (FNAC)

    This type of breast biopsy uses a very fine needle of a similar size or thinner than that used for taking blood.

    Magnetic Resonance Imaging

    An MRI uses a very strong magnetic field to build up a three dimensional picture of the breasts.


    An ultrasound scan is very similar to the type of imaging that is carried out during pregnancy. It works by using a harmless very high frequency sound which is not audible.

Final consultation

Following the completion of any of the above investigations you will have a further consultation with the Consultant. The results of all tests will be explained to you. It is usually possible to make a definite diagnosis by the end of the clinic visit. Any conditions will be carefully explained to you and any treatments that may be required can be advised and if appropriate started straight away.

The majority of breast problems are not serious and not related to breast cancer in any way. The majority of patients attending the Harley Street Breast Clinic will have their breast problem dealt with in one visit and will not require further appointments.

A full summary of your breast problem, the investigations and final diagnosis will be sent to your local Doctor or GP. We are very happy to send a copy of any letters to you if you feel that this would be useful.

Contact our Breast Care Team

If you would like to book an appointment or if you are a doctor who would like to refer a patient then please call our Breast Care Team on +44 (0)20 7908 6071 or email us here.