A new "one-stop-shop" breast clinic to detect cancer will soon begin operation in Albury.
Over the past 12 months, The X-Ray Group has been developing the 'Border Breast Clinic' to build on existing breast imaging services.
Modelled off what's available in metropolitan centres, the clinic at the Gardens medical complex on Wodonga Place will provide results only hours after an ultrasound has been completed.
Operations manager Kim Semmler said the clinic aimed to speed up the screening process, as a woman would usually be referred for an ultrasound, go back to the doctor for those results, book in a biopsy if needed and then return to the doctor for a third time.
"At the clinic, you don't have to go to your doctor three or four times to get results; it all happens in one day," she said.
"You'll see a female health care specialist who will do a full run-down of your history and a manual examination, and then you'll go from the doctor's appointment to a mammogram and ultrasound," she said.
"We'll have a doctor writing a report in real time to say 'Patient's good to go', and if the patient does need a biopsy, we'll do the biopsy same-day.
"Our doctor will then communicate with the patient's normal GP and say 'We've had the biopsy, I'm sending it back to you in two or three days, but we think it's sinister'."
Mrs Semmler said women who were symptomatic or who had a strong family history of cancer could self-refer to the private breast evaluation service.
"You don't have to have a referral from your doctor - if you have breast concerns you can make an appointment," she said.
"January 28 is our first clinic and we'll be running it on the last Tuesday of every month.
"We're only taking eight patients per day and then as demand grows we'll increase the service if necessary.
"There's a fee for it, it's not going to suit everyone, but it's for those people who really want to expedite the process and can come in and get it all done."
The 3D Tomosynthesis Mammography available is particularly useful for women with dense breasts.
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Mrs Semmler said being examined in a comfortable environment and receiving results within hours could reduce the anxiety of waiting weeks.
"We're basically providing a metropolitan service here regionally," she said.
"One in eight Australian women experience breast cancer, so it's about making sure people get checked."
It complements the screening offered by BreastScreen NSW.