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Breast imaging services

All women should begin regular screening mammography at age 40, or younger if they have a family history of breast cancer. We provide 3D and 2D mammograms, as well as diagnostic ultrasound and breast MRI.

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

A diagnostic mammogram provides further evaluation when a patient feels a lump or something abnormal, there are changes in the skin of the breast, or other problems. 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 that is not part of a routine screening mammogram. Patients receive the exam results the same day at the appointment. In some cases, patients 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 of concern. This can also be used to further evaluate areas of concern seen on other modalities, such as a screening or diagnostic mammogram. 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 who 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 and 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.

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