Diagnostic Services
What is Breast Imaging?
Although patients may be familiar with routine mammograms, many women don't realize that these are only one of several breast imaging procedures, each serving a different purpose. A screening mammogram is a detailed x-ray of the breast that can detect cancerous or precancerous areas before a lump is found on physical exam.
A diagnostic mammogram is offered to women with breast symptoms such as a lump, nipple discharge or skin change. They are also used for women who have previously had an abnormal screening and for women with implants.
Breast ultrasound is offered to women with dense breasts or to evaluate lumps that have been detected either on physical examination or by mammography.
Needle localization can mark abnormal imaging findings for surgeons to guide excisional biopsy.
Image-guided core biopsy is a minimally invasive needle biopsy performed under local anesthesia.
Computer Aided Diagnosis (CAD) is used to help improve early detection of breast cancer.
Why do I need a mammogram?
A mammogram is the single best test for detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Protecting Women's Good Health
A clear water-based gel is applied to the part of the body being scanned. This reduces small amounts of air that can interfere with imaging. A smooth hand-held device called a transducer is gently rubbed across the part of the body being examined. Sound waves generated from within the instrument enter the body and returning echoes are transferred back to a computer. The reflected sound waves are used to produce live images on a monitor and allow real-time imaging of an area of interest. Since the images are generated in real time, they can be used to show the structure and movements of internal organs and muscles. During this time, the patient simply lies still. No special diet or preparation is needed beforehand. Radiology services are generally pain-free, non-invasive and available to both outpatients and inpatients.