New breast screening service

The new breast screening service at the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital was first promoted on BBC Look East on 3 July 2008. Well known BBC Look East presenter Susie Fowler-Watt was filmed at the Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital going through the BreastHealthUK private breast screening service.

Private breast screening is now more readily available to a wider age group not currently eligible for the NHS screening programme with this new service offered in conjunction with BreastHealth UK ( at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital. This is the first of its kind to include a digital infrared scanner where deemed clinically appropriate by the consultant. Following an initial breast health analysis, patients are offered a personalised breast screening programme that may include mammography, clinical breast examination, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital infrared imaging by Sentinel BreastScan.

Sentinel BreastScan has been shown to have a high sensitivity at detecting early breast cancer in two North American trials. It has FDA approval for use in the US as an “adjunctive” or additional breast screening tool and gained a CE mark (approval for use in Europe) in early 2007.

To make an appointment for the private breast screening service at Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital, please call BreastHealth UK free on 0800 085 6616.

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