Female > Armpit (Axilla)


All fees inclusive – Payment taken at time of booking.

45 Queen Anne Street, London, W1G 9JF

What is Included?

Consultant radiologist opinion

Same-day results

Available for self-pay or insured

No referral required

Your Ultrasound Checks For:

Inflammation and signs of inflammation





Signs of cancer


1. What is an Armpit (Axilla) Ultrasound scan?

An armpit (Axilla) ultrasound scan is a non-invasive diagnostic test which uses images of your armpit (Axilla) to assess it and identify any abnormalities. If you experience swelling, pain or lumps around your armpit area, an armpit (Axilla) ultrasound scan is a pain free option that will help you find your problem and support your doctor to make a diagnosis and
decide on the best course of action.

2. Armpit (Axilla) Ultrasound: Commons conditions and causes

Armpit lumps, masses and swelling are very common and most are harmless. Usually caused by a swollen lymph node, abnormal tissue growth or a swollen gland under the armpit. However, armpit lumps, masses and swelling can have many causes and some can be related to more serious health problems which require treatment. Some of the most common causes are:

– Allergic reactions (often to soap, deodorant or antiperspirant)
– Bacterial or viral infections
– Fungal infections
– Lipomas (fat tissue growths)
– Fibroadenoma (non-cancerous fibrous tissue growth)
– Hidradenitis suppurativa (a disease causing inflammation)
– Adverse reactions to vaccinations
– Breast cancer
– Lymphoma (cancer of the lymphatic system)
– Leukaemia (cancer of the blood cells)
– Lupus (autoimmune disease that targets joints and organs)

3. Armpit (Axilla) Ultrasound: Why are women required to be extra cautious of armpit (Axilla) lumps, masses and swellings?

Armpit lumps are quite common and mostly harmless. Men and women of all ages can experience armpit lumps, masses or swelling, however, in women, they can sometimes be a sign of breast cancer* or Hidradenitis Suppurativa, a condition causing inflammation in the apocrine sweat glands (armpits, breasts and groins) which is more common in women. It is therefore advised for women to be extra cautious.

* Monthly breast self-examination for women
Women should perform monthly breast self-examinations. Breasts go through hormonal changes during the period and tend to feel more lumpy or tender during this time (absolutely normal) so it’s best to avoid this time and perform the monthly self-examination around 1- 3 days after your period end date and not during your period. If you notice any abnormalities or lumps please consult a doctor as soon as possible.

4. Armpit (Axilla) Ultrasound: What happens at my appointment?

The armpit (axilla) ultrasound scan is a simple and pain free examination. Your appointment will take a
maximum of 30 minutes. Here is what happens at your appointment:

1. Once you arrive, you’ll be asked asked to change in to a medical gown (if required) and to remove any jewellery, accessories and other objects which may interfere with the ultrasound scan.

2. You’ll be required to sit or lie on an examination table. Your doctor will then apply a water based gel to your armpit area. The gel which may feel a little cold, works alongside a handheld scanning device to create images by helping sound waves pass through the body more efficiently.

3. To begin the examination, a handheld scanning device* will be placed on your neck and moved along it and the surrounding areas whilst applying gentle pressure in order to get clear images which will be visible in real-time on a display screen for your doctor. The procedure does not cause any discomfort or pain.
* The ultrasound transducer head which sends high frequency sound waves into the body and picks up
responding signals.

4. Once your doctor is satisfied with the quantity and quality of images, you’ll be given a tissue to wipe the gel off your armpit. You can then get dressed.

5. Your doctor will discuss the results of the scan with you. A specialist consultant radiologist will review and assess your scan results and provide a comprehensive medical report for you and your doctor.

Following the examination the images are processed and reviewed by a Consultant Radiologist who will provide your doctor with a report. We endeavour to give both you and your GP access to your results on the same day of your scan.

You can expect the scan to last between 20-30 minutes. Please give yourself plenty of time for your appointment.

 As the scan is non-invasive and non-surgical there is no aftercare or recovery requirements so you can go
home immediately after your appointment.

5. Armpit (Axilla) Ultrasound: Preparation for the appointment

No preparation is required for this scan.