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Breast Imaging

Breast Cancer Screening

Breast cancer, when diagnosed in it its earliest stages, is highly curable. That’s why early detection with screening mammography is so important. Women are urged to begin annual mammograms by age 40 to establish a baseline of a woman’s breast health and detect abnormalities early, when treatment is more effective. But not all breasts are created equal.  Some require more detailed screening. 

Our sophisticated breast imaging equipment and novel techniques can help reduce call backs, spot abnormalities early, and reduce the number of follow-up tests for suspicious findings—even in dense breasts, which are the most difficult to screen. Most of our advanced breast screening services are conveniently located at CMC’s Breast Care Center.

At the Breast Care Center, your care continues with our fellowship-trained breast surgeon, who specializes in breast conservation, nipple-sparring mastectomy and "oncoplastic" surgery.

Diagnosis, Treatment and technologies

Digital screening mammogram

Digital screening mammogram is a routine, annual mammogram performed using state-of-the-art digital mammography equipment, reviewed by a board-certified radiologist, and compared to any previous breast images to watch for areas of concern. Digital mammography equipment typically shows tumors before they are big enough for you to feel.

Digital Diagnostic Mammography

A diagnostic mammogram usually involves special pictures of your breasts to examine a lump or something seen on a screening mammogram. The radiologist reviews your study before you leave and provides you with same day results. Breast ultrasound may also be performed with a diagnostic mammogram. 

Low-Dose 3-D Tomosynthesis

The CMC Breast Care Center offers low-dose 3-D tomosynthesis to identify the earliest signs of breast cancer. Our 3-D tomosynthesis equipment reduces your exposure to X-rays. It also creates unparalleled image clarity of ductal tissue, which is typically dense and difficult to “see through” with other imaging techniques. Ductal tissue is where cancer is most likely to occur.  

3-D tomosynthesis creates pictures of micro-thin layers of the breast tissue. Computer generation compiles the slices to create an interactive 3-D image that our breast radiologists can manipulate digitally on a screen—rotating, zooming and comparing side-by-side images of the mammogram to explore any abnormalities.

Automated Breast Ultrasound System (ABUS)

Automated breast ultrasound allows us to evaluate any spots that show up on a mammogram or to take an additional look at dense breast tissue.

Contrast Enhanced Mammography

Contrast enhanced digital mammography helps to give a clearer view of a breast nodule or lesion detected on a mammogram. Using an injected contrast dye causes cancer to ‘light up’ on the mammogram. This is a powerful and sensitive tool to detect cancer.

Breast MRI

A breast surgeon may order a breast MRI to gain detailed images of breast tissue in patients who have a known cancer or a high risk or suspicion of cancer. 

In a breast MRI, the patient lies face down on a special table that allows the breasts to hang without being compressed.  The MRI machine then uses magnets, instead of radiation, to scan the breast and create a picture of the soft tissue.

Breast Biopsies

If you need a breast biopsy, we perform stereotactic and ultrasound-guided breast biopsies, as well as fine needle and cyst aspirations. Your biopsy is coordinated with your doctor, the radiologist and our breast health specialist to make sure you get the right biopsy for your situation.

SAVI SCOUT®

SAVI SCOUT®, an advanced FDA-approved surgical technology for breast care helps surgeons ‘tag’ benign or malignant lesions for removal, which simplifies the lumpectomy experience for patients, while offering increased precision tissue removal. By preserving as much healthy breast tissue as possible, SAVI SCOUT can minimize the cosmetic effect of surgery.
 

Bone density scan (DEXA)

Women who have been treated for breast cancer may be at an increased risk for bone loss. A bone densitometry scan, or DEXA, is an x-ray that measures bone loss. A DEXA scan can help determine if you are at risk of bone fractures due to cancer related osteoporosis.

Welcome Dr Ryan

New medical director joins CMC's Breast Care Center

Breast surgeon Jessica Ryan says her goal is to combat cancer while preserving a patient’s sense of self and body image.

National Accreditation
NAPBC Accreditation

Accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers ensures you have comprehensive care close to home.
June 2017

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ACR Breast Imaging Center of Excellence
Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

The Breast Imaging Center of Excellence (BICOE) designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that achieve excellence by seeking and earning accreditation in all of the American College of Radiology’s voluntary breast-imaging accreditation programs and modules, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
2016

(this designation has been held since 2008-present)

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Comprehensive Treatment Approach

Meet Our Breast Care Team

When treatment for breast cancer is required, our center offers a comprehensive treatment approach, with the latest technology, medical and surgical expertise and a variety of support services. Our care team includes:

  • Fellowship trained breast surgeon
  • Fellowship trained breast radiologist
  • Medical oncologist
  • Radiation oncologist
  • Nurse navigator

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