A Clear Difference in Mammography Screening

February 13, 2019
Health News winter 2019 - A Clear Difference in Mammography Screening

More detailed imaging and quicker results

3-D mammography is an advanced diagnostic tool used in breast cancer screening that can drastically improve results. The Breast Imaging Center offers 3D mammography, which can mean better imaging.

Breast Imaging Center Coordinator Amy Weese, RT(M), says all mammograms here are done with 3-D imaging. “Our patient volume has gradually increased, and some patients come here because they know we offer it,” she states. “With this technology, we’re able to get faster results, and can see much more detail, while the patient is there. That results in fewer callbacks for additional imaging, and more peace of mind for the patient,” she says.

Radiologist Michael Brand, MD, states this type of mammography is especially helpful in evaluating women with denser breast tissue, which is more difficult to evaluate on standard mammograms. Therefore, it can detect breast cancers at an earlier stage, as well as decrease the need for additional imaging.

If further testing is needed, the center is able to provide the needed services. “We use ultrasound to determine if breast nodules are solid or fluid-filled, as well as to perform breast biopsies,” says Dr. Brand. “Breast biopsies are also done using mammographic, stereotactic guidance. Our compassionate, professional staff helps guide patients through the process, so they should not hesitate to ask any questions.”

The Breast Imaging Center is fully accredited by the ACR in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.

Recommendations for screening mammograms

The Breast Imaging Center follows the American College of Radiology recommendations for screening mammograms. Consult your doctor to determine the best screening procedures for you.

Screening mammography

  • For women of average risk, annual screening mammography should start at age 40

Screening mammography should start younger than age 40 if:

  • You have immediate family members (mother/sisters) with pre-menopausal breast cancer
  • You have been advised to be genetically tested for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene and are a carrier
  • You received radiation for Hodgkin’s lymphoma between the ages of 10 and 30
  • You have a prior history of breast or ovarian cancer