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Further tests

Why have I been invited back?

You have been invited back to the breast assessment clinic because we need more detail about an area we have seen on your mammogram (breast xrays) or because you reported a symptom when you came for screening. Therefore, you need a more detailed examination before we can decide on a result.

This additional appointment is part of routine screening and for most women invited back nothing of concern will be found. Our assessment clinics are held at the Rose Centre, St Georges Hospital, Tooting, SW17 OQT. Map
Can I speak to someone for more information before I come?

If you would like specific information about the reason you have been invited back you may find it helpful to speak to one of our clinical nurse specialists (CNS). The CNS will have access to your records and will be able to give more personal information. Please feel free to contact us

How many women are invited back?

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

What will happen at the clinic?

On arrival most women will meet a clinical nurse specialist who will explain what will happen during the clinic. She will ask you about your general health and take details of any medicines that you take. It would be helpful if you can bring a list of these medicines with you. Do continue to take your regular medication on the day of your appointment.

You can expect to have some or all of the following during your visit:

Breast examination: a doctor or practitioner (a specialist radiographer) will ask you some questions about any previous problems. She or he will show you your mammograms and then examine your breasts.

Breast x-rays (mammograms): most women will have further mammograms in order to show a particular part of the breast in greater detail.

Breast ultrasound: An ultrasound scan uses sound waves to provide a picture of the breast tissue. It is harmless and does not involve any x-rays. It is usually done at the same time as your breast examination.

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

When will I get the results?

The doctor or practitioner will explain your mammogram and ultrasound scan results to you at the assessment clinic. If you have a needle biopsy taken, your result will be ready in 7 to 10 days. You will be given an appointment to get your biopsy results before you leave the clinic.

How long will I be at the clinic?

Your appointment may take up to 5 hours. This is because we aim to do all the neccessary tests at the same appointment. 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. There is a coffee shop in the Rose Centre where you can buy food and drink.

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.    

The Rose Centre

What is a Mammography


The Rose Centre opened in 2011. This modern facility provides Breast Screening for women local to St.Georges Hospital. The centre is also a diagnostic centre for all women screened in South West London. Having been formerly based at the Duchess of Kent Unit for many years it was a welcome move to this site.


Step-by-Step Guide

step by step guide

Understand what's involved in having a breast x-ray (mammogram).

Download the guide (multilingual)

About Breast Screening

What is a Mammography

Breast Screening (Mammography) is an x-ray examination of the breasts and is a method of finding breast cancer at a very early stage.

Learn more about screening

Where We Screen

We screen at various convenient places across South West London.

Find out where we screen


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