Breast Cancer Detection Services
Studies clearly show that early diagnosis of breast cancer improves prognosis and survival. When a screening mammogram indicates further study, St. Mary’s has all the necessary services for continuity of care and a conclusive diagnosis.
Breast ultrasound is a valuable secondary examination for breast disease, after mammography. Breast ultrasound may be used when a questionable or suspicious area shows up on a mammogram. Ultrasound is also commonly used after mammography in women who have breast implants, in those with dense breast tissue, or in women who are able to feel an abnormality in their breast. Mammography and breast ultrasound, together, provide complimentary clinical information about the health of your breasts because they produce different kinds of pictures of the breast tissue.
Mammography is an excellent way to detect breast abnormalities, but in some cases, a sample of the tissue for microscopic examination by a pathologist is necessary. St. Mary’s offers a full range of breast biopsies using mammographic, ultrasound, or MRI guidance based on each patient's clinical need. The stereotactic breast biopsy, a less invasive and almost painless alternative to surgical breast biopsy, removes tiny samples of tissue through an incision too small to require stitches.
MRI Breast Imaging
Exciting advances are being made using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for detection of breast abnormalities. The technology of MRI breast imaging now allows radiologists to perform exams such as breast needle localizations and breast core biopsies for lesions that are less visible with other technologies. Breast MRI can help doctors stage known breast cancer, identify candidates for pre-treatment chemotherapy, and identify cases with positive lymph node involvement.
Learn more about breast cancer detection services by watching this video.