The Breast Diagnostic Center features high-quality imaging services with a focus on providing you with personalized care. Our services and capabilities include:
Full-Field Digital Mammography uses low-dose radiation to capture an electronic image for display on a high-resolution computer screen. The image can be printed on film or recorded on CD. The radiologist can manipulate the digital mammographic image on the computer screen to aid with interpretation. Patients may ask for the Bella Blanket® to increase their comfort during a mammogram.
Ultrasound is a radiation-free technique that uses sound waves. Ultrasound can help distinguish normal breast tissue from a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass that appears on a mammogram. Ultrasound is typically used in conjunction with mammography; however, it does not replace mammography.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is performed when an area of concern is seen on a mammogram but not an ultrasound. First, the area of concern is localized with a state-of-the-art computer-guided imaging system and then sampled with a needle. This minimally invasive technique minimizes internal and external scarring of the breast.
Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed images of the breast. MRI provides a more detailed picture of the breast and is sensitive in detecting both benign and malignant lesions. It highly useful in detecting invasive ductal carcinoma not seen on mammography or ultrasound.
MRI does not use ionizing radiation (X-rays) like mammography. It is often used for high-risk patients. Breast MRI can image both breasts at once, and works well even with dense breast tissue. MRI also is sometimes used for surveillance of pre- and post-operative breast cancer patients, including patients undergoing pre-surgical chemotherapy.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy is another state-of-the-art biopsy technique that allows quick sampling of the breast tissue with minimal discomfort and minimal invasion of the breast. After placing an ultrasound probe over the site of the breast lump/abnormality and using local anesthesia, the radiologist guides a biopsy needle into the lump/area of abnormality. This procedure is done to sample suspicious areas that are visible on ultrasound to determine if they are benign or cancerous.
Risk Assessment - We provide risk assessment services for patients who meet certain criteria. The tool we use is based on family history and will help us better understand your personal risk for developing breast cancer. You fill out a questionnaire and we calculate your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. This number estimates how likely it is that you will develop breast cancer sometime in the future. The results of your assessment help us decide what kinds of scans and procedures, if any, will benefit you.