The Breast Imaging sectionb at Beaumont Private Clinic offers breast imaging to patients referred directly from their GP or their Consultant Breast Surgeon.

Consultant Radiologist and Radiographers with a special interest in breast imaging provide a comprehensive range of services including mammography, breast ultrasound and image-guided breast biopsies. Our highly trained and experienced Consultant Breast radiologists are all affiliated to Beaumont Hospital which is one the eight designated cancer centres.

GPs may wish to request screening mammography for patients over 35 years with a family history of breast cancer, patients who are no longer eligible for BreastCheck screening or patients with symptoms of breast pain or generalised lumpiness.

For clients with breast symptoms eg. palpable lump or nipple discharge/nipple changes, our radiologists work closely with our Consultant Surgeons to provide a Triple Assessment Service. This is a three step process to help diagnose a breast complaint.


A doctor listens to the reason you were referred, takes a full medical history and then exams your breasts and underarms..


In the breast imaging unit you will have a mammogram (x-ray of the breast) and/ or an ultrasound scan.


Some people will also need a biopsy where small samples of tissue are taken and sent to the laboratory for analysis.

Not all clients will require three steps and each visit will be tailored to the individual. Most of the clients attending the breast imaging section are found to be healthy and every effort is made to provide reassurance as quickly as possible. For those clients requiring further intervention / treatment, personalised care pathways are provided following discussion at our weekly multi-disciplinary meeting in Beaumont Hospital.

Breast Imaging Unit – FAQ’s

What is a mammogram and why do I need it?

A mammogram is a non-invasive special type of low dose x-ray of the breast used to create detailed images of the breast. Mammography plays a major role in the early detection of breast cancer, increasing the chances of successful treatment and survival. When you arrive for your mammogram the radiographer will ask you some questions and explain the procedure to you. You will be asked to undress to the waist. The radiographer will then position your breast on the machine. By lowering a second plate compression is applied. This may feel a little uncomfortable but is generally not painful. Two images are taken of each breast (some patients require additional views to be taken).

What is an ultrasound?

Ultrasound is an imaging exam that uses soundwaves to produce detailed images of the breast. You will be asked to undress to the waist. The radiologist will ask you about your breast problem and answer any questions you may have at that time. She will then spread some gel on your skin and press a small hand held sensor firmly against your breast to obtain images. Breast ultrasounds are painless, fast and easy.

I’ve been called back for additional imaging. What does this mean?

Sometimes on reviewing your mammogram the radiologist will recommend breast imaging which can be either further mammographic views or a breast ultrasound. This happens quite often and you should not worry.

There are a number of other reasons this may happen including.

  • Overlapping tissue / skin fold.
  • Movement/motion on the image.
  • A new benign mass or calcifications.
  • An area that looks different to other parts of the breast.

If you are recalled for additional test s you will meet a consultant radiologist who will give you a verbal report on the day of these additional tests.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is used to take a sample of tissue from a lump or area within the breast so that it can be analysed in the laboratory. Having a biopsy is not necessarily an indication you have cancer. If a biopsy is required, the procedure will be fully explained to you by the radiologist.

What is an aspiration?

An aspiration is used to drain fluid from the breast and is most commonly used to drain a simple breast cyst. Again if this is required, the procedure will be fully explained fully to you by the radiologist.

I feel something wrong/found a lump in my breast, what should I do?

Make an appointment with your GP at your earliest convenience. Your GP should then refer you to the breast imaging section. You can then make an appointment by phoning us on (01) 8375372.

Do I need a referral for a screening mammogram?

Yes, you will need a referral from either your GP or a consultant. When you receive your appointment, if there is any chance you could he pregnant or are breastfeeding we ask that you inform us immediately.

How long will my appointment take?

  • For routine/screening mammograms you should be finished within 30 minutes.
  • Patients requiring mammography and ultrasound including those who have been recalled for additional imaging will need up to 1 hour.

How should I prepare for my visit?

You do NOT need to fast, please eat and drink if you want.

We ask that you do not apply talcum powder, cream or deodorant on the day of your appointment as this interferes with the accuracy of the study.

You will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire so if you use reading glasses please bring them with you.

As children are not permitted into the xray rooms during your test it is best not to bring them.