Breast screening and breast surgery
The St Andrew’s Breast Care Service offers women and men a prompt, professional and personalised service, with our Nurse Practitioner in Breast Care here to guide you every step of the way. We’re equipped with the latest in breast mammography technology and have highly specialised radiologists, expert surgeons and caring breast care nurses available for screening, diagnosis, treatment and support.
And it’s all conveniently located in Spring Hill at St Andrew’s War Memorial Hospital, on the doorstep of Brisbane’s CBD.
What to expect at your breast check
With a central, convenient location, we make things quick and easy for you. There’s no need to wait around all day – just book a time that works in with your schedule, have your check-up done, and be on your way. This routine breast assessment involves mammography for all women and clinical examination for some.
Who will I see?
Our Nurse Practitioner in Breast Care (Oncology) will welcome you and conduct a consultation and possibly a clinical examination. You will be asked to complete a consent form for imaging and personal history. From there, our breast care nurse will take you to the radiologist for your mammogram, or ultrasound if required.
Remember to bring any previous mammograms or ultrasounds and do not wear cream or talcum powder on your breast area. Please also avoid perfume. You might like to wear a two-piece outfit.
When will I receive my results?
Results are processed efficiently and returned to you as soon as possible. If an abnormality is detected, our breast care nurses will support you and make arrangements for any further appointments.
Why have a mammogram?
Having a regular mammogram – an X-ray picture of your breast – gives you and your loved ones peace of mind, helping identify any potential issues early so you can access the best treatment options fast.
One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, and 60 per cent of women will experience benign breast changes. A breast screen is one of the most effective ways to detect early signs of breast cancer.
It is recommended women from the age of 40 have a mammogram every two years, or as recommended by their doctor.
In the meantime, it’s good to conduct a self-examination once a month to check for any changes in your breasts. In this video, Natasha, our Nurse Practitioner in Breast Care (Oncology), explains what it means to be breast aware.
Screening and diagnostic services
St Andrew’s Breast Care Service uses the latest in mammography technology, including the advanced Hologic Mammography Unit with 3D Tomosynthesis. The unit provides the fastest, highest-resolution 3D images possible for radiologists, enhanced workflow for technologists, and a more comfortable mammography experience for patients. It is designed to clearly reveal subtle lesions and fine calcifications to help pinpoint breast cancers early.
Our comprehensive mammography screening and diagnostics services include:
- Screening mammography with 3D Tomosynthesis.
- Diagnostic mammography with 3D Tomosynthesis.
- Stereotactic and Tomosynthesis guided biopsy (including Vacuum Assisted Core Biopsy).
- Breast ultrasound.
- Ultrasound guided breast fine needle aspiration and core biopsy.
- Pre-operative Tomosynthesis or ultrasound guided hookwire localisation.
- 3D breast MRI with computer aided diagnosis.
The team of specialist radiologists is led by Dr Darren Ault, Clinical Director of Radiology, and comprises Dr Nick Kienzle, Dr Barbara Laing, Dr Patty Connor and Dr Nick Brown.
Meet our Breast Care Service team
St Andrew’s breast surgeons are recognised for their expertise and considerable reputations in breast cancer treatment and management. And our dedicated specialist breast care nurses provide individually tailored nursing care, support and information to women and men with breast cancer, their family and those who care for them.
Professor Owen Ung
Breast and Endocrine Surgeon
Dr Ben Green
Breast and Endocrine Surgeon
Nurse Practitioner in Breast Care (Oncology)
Your guide to breast surgery
Whether you are having breast conserving surgery or a mastectomy as part of your breast cancer treatment plan, you are likely to require a short stay in hospital (usually one to three days). Our breast care nurses will help co-ordinate your care, be there to guide you on the day of surgery and will usually visit daily and provide a range of information and resources.
For information about your hospital stay and what you should expect on the day of your admission, post surgery and after you go home, you can download 'Your guide to breast surgery at St Andrew’s'.
Book your mammogram today
For more information or to make an appointment for a mammogram please contact:
St Andrew’s Breast Care Service
T: (07) 3834 4488
Mammography is available Monday-Wednesday (9am-4pm). Patients require a referral from their GP.