Women's Imaging

We are the only unit in South Africa accredited by the American College of Radiologists (ACR) for mammography, stereotactic biopsy, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. The ACR has now accredited PLR as a Breast Imaging Centre of Excellence – the first in Africa.

Our unit is part of a multidisciplinary breast cancer team. The team is made up by Breast Surgeons, Reconstructive Surgeons, Oncologists, Pathologists and Radiologists. This means that a patient diagnosed with cancer at our department, will be referred directly to the MDT doctors who will evaluate the case and recommend treatment. During treatment, we assist with staging, localization, monitoring chemotherapy and follow up.

The imaging equipment used in the Parklane Women’s Imaging Centre includes Tomosynthesis(3D) mammography, high resolution ultrasound (including elastography), and breast MRI. We are able to perform biopsies and localization guided by ultrasound, stereotactic/tomosynthysis mammogram or MRI.

We are situated in a modern, comfortable outpatient department in the Women and Wellness Centre – across the road from Netcare Park Lane hospital - in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Mammograms

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Safe

Modern 3-D mammogram machines deliver a very low dose of radiation which is considered safe, even with annual mammograms. The breast is compressed for the mammogram, but far less than on the older machines. As a result, the compression won’t damage breast tissue or prostheses.

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Pain-free

Modern mammograms are pain free. 3D mammography uses tomosynthesis to obtain a detailed scan of the breast with minimal compression. It is also extremely fast meaning any discomfort is brief.

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Paid by most medical aid screening benefits

Even if you're on a basic hospital plan, most medical aids pay for mammograms from screening benefits, not medical savings. Call us with your medical aid number and we'll confirm your cover or give you a price for cash payments.

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Early detection is the best chance at beating breast cancer

Early detection saves lives. Mammograms are able to detect breast issues early, to give you the best options to ensure your breasts remain healthy and cancer free.

FAQ

Mammograms are covered by most medical aids (even if you just have a hospital plan) from screening benefits, not medical savings

 

Simply contact us with your medical aid number and we’ll confirm whether you are covered.

If you are not on a hospital plan or medical aid (we charge medical aid rates and will submit on your behalf).

For cash rates, kindly call us on 011 484 4642​.

Our recommendations remain an annual mammogram for every woman over 40. This is regardless of family history or supposed risk factors. Remember, 80% of breast cancer patients have NO family history or risk factors. Breast cancers often develop within 18 – 24 months meaning that the optimal time interval between mammograms is one year. This timing has been shown in several large studies to decrease the number of fatal breast cancers in the population. Early detection of breast cancer leads to lower stage cancers at presentation and improved survival!

All women over the age of 40 are advised to have annual mammograms. In high risk patients (usually those with a strong family history of breast cancer), breast screening is recommended from an earlier age.

The mammogram and ultrasound are both excellent tests which have different advantages and flaws. The mammogram is the best for identifying subtle changes – often picked up by comparing old and new pictures. It is also the best test to show microcalcifications which are tiny specks of calcium that sometimes represent DCIS (pre-cancer). Ultrasounds are better when it comes to dense breast tissue where a mammogram picture may not demonstrate a hidden cancer. Ultrasound is also great for assessing lumps and cysts in order to decide whether biopsy is needed. If both tests are performed the overall accuracy of screening is significantly higher than the accuracy for either test on it’s own.

We include the breast ultrasound as well as the tomosynthesis study in the mammogram tariff

Feeling a lump in the breast is the single most important symptom of a breast cancer! A lump usually feels like a pea / stone / marble under the skin.

Any time that a woman feels a lump in the breast she must come in for a mammogram and/or ultrasound immediately.

Nonetheless, the vast majority of palpable lumps are not breast cancer. Benign growths, cysts and normal lumpy breast tissue may all present as lumps.

What is breast cancer?

Breast cancer occurs when cells in your breast grow and divide in an uncontrolled way, creating a mass of tissue called a tumor.

Who is at high risk for breast cancer?

Women who have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, women who haven’t had children, the overweight, and women who take hormones, have a higher risk of getting breast cancer.

Mammogram benefit seen for women in their 40s

Many large studies have confirmed that regular screening mammography reduces deaths from breast cancer (up to 40%). Most breast cancer deaths occur in women who are not screened. The reason is that regular mammograms ensure that even very small cancers are found early before they can spread and become lethal. As women in their 40s tend to have denser breasts and usually get more aggressive cancers, a year between mammograms is the optimal interval.

Corporate Women's Wellness

We partner with corporates to deliver programs designed at keeping women’s wellness top of mind by providing screening on-site.

NBC Holdings  |   Liberty   |   MIBFA   |   Hollard   |   SA Police   |   UJ   |
SABC   |   Multichoice   |  First Rand   |   Nandos   |   MIBFA   |   Renasa

Biopsy

Breast biopsies are performed to definitively confirm or exclude cancers.
It is a relatively minor procedure, done in our mammography department. Local anesthetic is used to make the breast tissue numb and then a needle is used to extract tiny fragments (samples) from the lump/suspicious area. These samples are sent to a pathology lab for final diagnosis.

Other than a small local anesthetic injection, a biopsy is a painless procedure that takes around 20 minutes. Biopsy results are usually ready within 2-3 days. Biopsies are always done using Ultrasound, Mammogram (Stereotactic) or MRI to guide us so that we accurately sample the suspicious area/lump. Parklane Women’s Imaging department offers all three methods of guidance.

Breast MRI

MRI scan is the ultimate investigation for breast cancer. It is used as a screening test in high-risk patients (especially young women), as well as in established cancers to determine extent and to investigate tumor recurrence.

When there is uncertainty with mammogram and ultrasound findings, MRI is an excellent problem solver. Breast prostheses can also be accurately evaluated on MRI scan.

At Parklane Radiology, we offer dedicated breast MRI, including experienced radiologists, specialized software and biopsy capabilities.

Breast MRI at PLR is accredited by the American College of Radiologists. This confirms a high standard of imaging and interpretation. 

Patients who have to do follow up breast MRIs are eligible for the abbreviated MRI scan which takes only ten minutes.

Breast Ultrasound

Provides an excellent real-time assessment of the anatomy of the breast. Performed by the radiologist, it is used as an alternative to mammography in patients younger than 35; and as a second check following all mammograms. Although mammography is the gold standard test for breast cancer screening, dense breast tissue can obscure small cancers. Breast ultrasound allows us to see through the dense tissue and rule out any hiding cancers. Both tests have their advantages which is why we perform them on every patient.

We use the best ultrasound machines with ultra-high frequency probes to look for abnormalities. High resolution, harmonics, doppler and elastography are advanced ultrasound tools that facilitate an even higher level of certainty.

Cryoablation

Cryoablation is the freezing of tumors to destroy them.

The freezing is achieved with liquid nitrogen  which flows through a probe (needle.) The needle is inserted into the tumor under ultrasound guidance. This allows us to position it very precisely, ensuring that the tumor is at the centre of the freezing zone.

The liquid nitrogen never leaves the needle, but it causes the tissue around the needle tip to freeze rapidly. This creates a large ball of ice that engulfs the tumor. By alternating freeze and thaw cycles, the cells in the tumor are destroyed. By the end of the procedure there should be no viable cancer cells left. The progress of ice ball development is closely monitored throughout the procedure to ensure safety.


Other Imaging services

Gynaecological Imaging

In keeping with the gynaecological focus of the Parklane hospital, we specialize in imaging of the female genital tract. Ultrasound and MRI scans are the main studies used to assess benign and malignant pelvic conditions.

Bone Density (Dexa)

A bone density examination determines the density of minerals, particularly calcium in the bones. A low bone density indicates a risk for osteoporosis, fractures and spinal deformity.

HSG

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG) is the study of the uterus and fallopian tubes whereby iodine contrast is injected through the cervix into the uterus. It shows whether the uterine cavity is normal and if the fallopian tubes are open. This is usually part of the fertility work-up.

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