Breast Imaging

Breast Imaging Services

3D Screening Mammogram (tomosynthesis)

A mammogram uses low dose radiation and other sophisticated technology to produce images. A 3D screening mammogram allows for better cancer detection and improved accuracy by providing more tissue detail compared to a 2D mammogram. Screening mammography can detect breast cancer years before it can be felt by the patient or the patient’s doctor. A screening exam takes on average 20 minutes to perform. It is important to have any prior mammograms done at another facility for comparison.

2D Screening Mammogram

A mammogram uses low dose radiation and other sophisticated technology to produce images. A 2D screening mammogram remains an option for patients who do not desire 3D screening.   This also can detect breast cancer years before it can be felt by the patient or the patient’s doctor. It is important to have any prior mammograms done at another facility for comparison.

Diagnostic Mammogram

An abnormal area that a patient feels, changes in the skin of the breast or other problems can be further evaluated with a diagnostic mammogram. A diagnostic mammogram is also frequently performed if an area or areas on the screening mammogram requires additional evaluation. This exam is more focused and detailed with special imaging being performed that is not part of a routine screening mammogram. You receive the exam results the same day at the appointment. In some cases, you may need to return for a follow-up exam.

Diagnostic Breast Ultrasound

A breast ultrasound uses sound waves and other sophisticated technology to produce images. A diagnostic breast ultrasound is frequently used to evaluate an area that a patient or the patient’s doctor feels that is of concern. This can also be used to further evaluate areas seen on other modalities, such as a screening or diagnostic mammogram that are of concern. However, a breast ultrasound does not replace a mammogram as many of the signs of breast cancer on mammography cannot be detected with ultrasound.

Breast MRI

A breast MRI uses a magnetic field and other sophisticated technology to produce images. A breast MRI may frequently be performed on patients that are at high risk of breast cancer or have a known breast cancer. This can better characterize and detect areas of breast cancer. It may find things that are benign, but are hard to distinguish from breast cancer which need to be biopsied. A breast MRI is more likely to detect breast cancer than a mammogram and an ultrasound. This exam takes much longer to perform and is therefore used on select patients.

Breast Imaging Interventional Services

All procedures are performed with local anesthesia. Patients are not sedated.

Stereotactic Biopsy

A stereotactic biopsy uses low dose radiation and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to mammogram exam images for biopsy (tissue sampling). This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on a special table. The breast is placed through an opening in the table and compressed like a mammogram for the procedure. A marker clip is typically placed following the biopsy.

Stereotactic Localization

A stereotactic localization uses low dose radiation and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to mammogram exam images for placing a wire/needle or other nonradioactive device. These help mark and localize the area for the surgeon that needs to be removed. This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on a special table. The breast is placed through an opening in the table and compressed like a mammogram for the procedure.

Ultrasound Biopsy

A breast ultrasound biopsy uses sound waves and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the diagnostic breast ultrasound exam images for biopsy (tissue sampling).   This is typically done with the patient lying on their back on the regular ultrasound exam table.   The breast is examined with the ultrasound transducer during the exam. A marker clip is typically placed following the biopsy.

Ultrasound Localization

A breast ultrasound localization uses sound waves and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the diagnostic breast ultrasound exam images for placing a wire/needle or other nonradioactive device. These help mark and localize the area for the surgeon that needs to be removed. This is typically done with the patient lying on their back on the regular ultrasound exam table. The breast is examined with the ultrasound transducer during the exam.

MRI Guided Biopsy

A breast MRI uses a magnetic field and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the breast MRI exam images for biopsy (tissue sampling). This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on the MRI exam table. The breast is placed into a grid device with light compression. A marker clip is typically placed following the biopsy.

MRI Guided Localization

A breast MRI uses a magnetic field and other sophisticated technology to produce images similar to the breast MRI exam images for placing a wire/needle or other nonradioactive device. These help mark and localize the area for the surgeon that needs to be removed. This is typically done with the patient lying on their stomach on the MRI exam table. The breast is placed into a grid device with light compression.