A mammography exam, called a mammogram, is a specific type of X-ray image used to aid in the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases. Advances in mammography include digital screening mammography, computer-aided detection CAD, and breast tomosynthesis.
Annual screening mammography starts at age 40 results in the greatest mortality reduction, the most lives saved and the most life years gained. The American College of Radiology and Society of Breast Imaging recommend regular mammograms in women 40-and-older (including 40-49).
Breast tomosynthesis, also called three-dimensional (3D) breast imaging, is a new state of the art mammography imaging procedure. It utilizes X-ray technology that moves in an arch motion over the breast and takes an array of pictures from many angles. The information is sent to a computer, where it is assembled to produce highly focused, clear, three-dimensional images of the breast.
Digital screening mammography replaces the typical X-ray film with a specialized detector to capture the images digitally. The digital image can be seen on a computer monitor or printed. A standard digital screening mammogram captures two different views of each breast for review by your radiologist.
Computer–Aided Detection for mammography is a unique imaging system that uses the image obtained from a mammogram to help the radiologist analyze suspicious areas found during the exam. The CAD software identifies possible areas of abnormal density, mass, or calcification that may indicate the presence of cancer. The interpreting radiologist will use this information, in conjunction with their specialized breast imaging training to determine if additional imaging is needed.
The digital breast tomosynthesis procedures require minimal preparation. For your comfort, and the best imaging results we recommend the following:
is the use of digital radiology, ultrasound and MRI for breast biopsies. Each of these exams are very highly important in helping you heal. Please contact us for more information on breast imaging.
A stereotactic breast biopsy utilizes a digital mammography X-ray machine to pinpoint the location of the mammographic abnormality. The radiologist uses the location coordinates to insert the needle through the skin, advance it into the area of concern (often calcifications), and remove small tissue samples for evaluation. Additional images are obtained to ensure the needle reached the targeted biopsy area. This minimally invasive procedure is performed using a local anesthetic, and most patients can resume their normal activities following the procedure.
An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy utilizes ultrasound technology to guide the radiologist to collect tissue samples from an area of concern within the breast. The ultrasound technology allows the radiologist to view a real-time image of the lesion and the biopsy needle to ensure a sample is collected from the appropriate location. This minimally invasive procedure is performed using a local anesthetic, and most patients can resume their normal activities following the procedure.
An MRI-guided breast biopsy is a minimally invasive breast biopsy technique that utilizes MRI imaging to identify areas of suspicious breast tissue, and collect a small sample using a needle. The use of MRI imaging helps to pinpoint the exact location of the suspicious tissue and confirms the radiologist is at the specified location to collect the tissue sample using a needle.