Breast lump investigation

Spire Murrayfield Hospital, Edinburgh, has a BUPA-approved breast cancer unit where, following a referral from your GP, you will be seen by a team of specialists. Services available include consultation with a breast surgeon, diagnostic ultrasound and mammography completed by a consultant radiologists. This clinic provides a quick diagnosis and rapid treatment, if required.

What's involved?

Overgrowth of tissue in the breast can cause breast lumps. The vast majority are benign (ie not due to cancer). If a lump is filled with fluid, it is known as a cyst.

Breast clinics use a triple assessment system to diagnose breast lumps. There are three stages:


The surgeon will examine your breasts and armpits, pressing gently on the skin to feel for changes in texture.


Imaging may be needed to investigate inside your breast to see where the lump is. There are a number of types of imaging that could be used; for example; ultrasound or mammography


If a breast abnormality is found during the investigation a biopsy may be carried out to determine whether further treatment is required.

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Consultant breast surgeons at Spire Murrayfield Hospital:

Miss Elaine Anderson

Mr Udi Chetty

Mr Glyn Neades

Mr John Rainey

Consultant radiographers at Spire Murrayfield Hospital:

Dr Melanie Smith

Dr Lucy Hall

Dr Isobel Arnott


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