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Screening Services

CMC offers specialty screening to help detect cancers early, when treatment is most effective.

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 mammography equipment and novel techniques can help reduce call backs, spot abnormalities early, and reduce the number of follow-up tests for suspicious test results. Most of our advanced breast screening services are conveniently located at CMC’s Breast Care Center.

Low-Dose 3-D Tomosynthesis – 3-D tomosynthesis reduces radiation exposure while also creating clear images of the usually-dense ductal tissue, where cancer is most likely to occur.

3-D tomosynthesis is a type of mammogram that uses low-dose, short sweeps of an x-ray to create 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 (ABUS) – Automated breast ultrasound is an especially helpful tool to screen dense breasts or to get a closer look at an abnormality that appears on a mammogram.

The exam lasts about 15 minutes. The screening plate that is placed on the breast gives your of the breast tissue and any lesions or tumors within it.physician clear, 3-D ultrasound images of the breast tissue. Similar to the 3-D tomosynthesis, the ABUS gives layers of images that create a complete and detailed picture 

Contrast Enhanced Mammography – If a mammogram detects something, we can use our contrast enhanced digital mammography to enhance a breast nodule or lesion. We perform a mammogram after the injection of contrast, which causes cancer to ‘light up,’ giving physicians a more powerful and sensitive tool to detect cancer.

Contrast enhanced mammography helps patients who have a palpable mass but had no visible finding on their mammogram or ultrasound due to breast density.

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.

Low-Dose CT for Lung Cancer Screening
Lung Cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in New Hampshire and the United States. Unlike many other types of cancer, like breast and colon cancer, people do not seek out screening as often. As a result, lung cancer is diagnosed often at a later stage when treatment is difficult.

The aim of lung cancer screening is to find lung cancer in its earlier stages, when it is easier to treat and often before any symptoms are noticeable. Low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screenings are recommended for people who:

• Are age 55-77, and
• Have a history of heavy smoking (a 30 pack year history of smoking), and
• Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years.

A low dose CT Scan of the chest is a very quick, painless procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform and exposes you to a much lower dose of radiation than a traditional chest CT scan. Our team at CMC has been approved by the American College of Radiology as a Designated Lung Cancer Screening Site. This means you can be assured that the technologists, equipment and physicians providing your care have met and exceeded stringent guidelines.

Your examination will be interpreted by a radiologist and your results are shared with your physician. Your doctor will talk to you about the results. If you have a finding on your CT that needs further evaluation, your doctor will talk to you about next steps. CMC physicians work together closely so you can receive the care you need.

Prostate MRI

MRIs are used to get detailed images of the inside of a person’s body. It’s a technology that is especially good at looking at soft tissue. Prostate MRI helps detect whether there is cancer in the prostate, how aggressive and how advanced it is. Prostate cancer, when detected early enough, is highly treatable.

A prostate MRI may be ordered for a patient who has the symptoms of prostate cancer but has had a negative biopsy. It can also help locate and stage a prostate tumor to help determine the right course of treatment. Because there is no radiation exposure with an MRI, it can be repeated to monitor a tumor without the need for repeat biopsies.

The prostate MRI is a non-invasive, outpatient procedure performed at CMC. It is a contrast-enhanced procedure, meaning the radiologist uses IV dye to help identify prostate cancer. Patients lie on a table and are guided into a tube-like machine. The entire procedure takes about half an hour.

The study will be interpreted by a fellowship-trained radiologist with expertise in prostate imaging.

Recurrent Prostate Cancer
CMC offers a new screening especially for patients who have had prostate cancer treated by surgery and other interventions, but have a new increase in PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) levels. PET/CT Imaging with Axumin evaluates for recurrence of disease in the prostate bed or elsewhere in the body.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact the CMC Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging at 603.663.6455.

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