Breast Imaging Services
The Breast Center at Atrium Medical Center offers comprehensive services focusing on the best options for breast health.
At the Atrium Medical Center’s Breast Center we are focused on breast health and offer a wide range of services and procedures. Our treatment and early-detection tools are backed by our imaging and oncology services.
Results from diagnostic mammograms before you leave our facility
- Results within seven to 10 days for screening mammograms
- Little-to-no wait time
- Highly-trained and experienced staff
- Heated spa robes for comfort
- Everything at one location
- Free parking at Atrium Medical Center
- High patient satisfaction scores
- On-site Radiologists
Early Breast Cancer Detection
At Atrium Medical Center we know early detection is an important tool in fighting breast cancer.
You can improve your odds of discovering breast cancer early if you use these three early detection tools:
- Monthly breast self-examinations
- Annual screening mammograms at Atrium Medical Center
- Annual breast examination by a health care professional
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. Successful treatment depends on early detection. A mammogram remains the only approved screening procedure for detecting breast cancer.
Women 40 years or older with no symptoms should have an annual screening mammogram screen. Send a mammogram reminder.
A diagnostic mammogram is for women who:
- Have a breast problem
- Need follow-up breast care
In a diagnostic mammogram, two X-rays are usually taken of each breast, one top view and one side view. Sometimes additional X-rays are needed. A Radiologist views the X-rays before the patient leaves the office.
Atrium Medical Center has one of the area’s most experienced breast centers. We have performed approximately 20,000 mammograms. Atrium Medical Center is committed to providing the results of a diagnostic mammogram at the time of the exam. A board-certified radiologist is on staff at all times to give an experienced interpretation of the mammogram, and to address the results personally with the patient.
A diagnostic mammogram is covered by most health insurance companies, but patients should call their insurance company prior to scheduling an appointment.
At Atrium Medical Center, breast imaging and ultrasound may be performed along with a diagnostic mammogram for follow-up to a known problem. Ultrasound may be the imaging study of choice for patients 29 years of age and younger.
We use ultrasound imaging of the breast to distinguish between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. We also use it to evaluate lumps that are hard to see on a mammogram.
Sometimes, ultrasound imaging is used along with other diagnostic procedures such as a biopsy. A biopsy is the removal of tissue with a needle for examination under a microscope to evaluate signs of disease. For your convenience, all of these diagnostic services are housed in one location at the Wilbur and Mary Jean Cohen’s Women Center.
Ultrasound is not used for routine breast cancer screenings without a mammogram because it does not consistently detect certain early signs of cancer such as microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast that cannot be felt but can be seen on a conventional mammogram). A cluster of microcalcifications may indicate that cancer is present.
Learn More About Breast Ultrasounds
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast is a useful diagnostic tool for:
- Detection and characterization of breast disease
- Assessment of local extent of disease
- Evaluation of treatment response
- Guidance for biopsy and localization
- Assessing abnormal areas seen on a mammogram
- Evaluating extremely dense breast tissue
- Evaluating breast implants for leaks or ruptures
MRI can also be used to screen certain women, such as young women at high risk for breast cancer. As with a breast ultrasound, MRI is a supplement to mammography and not a replacement for it.
Breast MRI should be taken of both breasts except for women with a history of mastectomy or when the MRI is being performed specifically to further evaluate or follow findings in one breast. MRI findings should be correlated with clinical history, physical examination results, and the results of mammography and any other prior breast imaging. Your doctor can review these pictures on a monitor, film or a CD.
Learn More About What To Expect During A Breast MRI
Most women who have an abnormal exam do not have breast cancer but have a benign breast problem. A breast biopsy is a procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined.
Image-Guided Biopsy – At Atrium Medical Center, if a breast imaging exam shows an area that needs to be biopsied, an image-guided needle biopsy is performed. During the image-guided biopsy, a needle is used to obtain a sample of the area in question. The incision is about a half-inch long. The tissue obtained with the needle is sent to the Pathology Lab for analysis.
Open Surgical Biopsy – An open surgical biopsy is usually done as a same-day procedure in an operating room at Atrium Medical Center. The tissue of the area in question, as well as some adjacent tissue, is surgically removed. The incision is usually a little larger. The tissue obtained is sent to the Pathology Lab for analysis.
In both biopsies, the results are available to your physician usually within 72 hours.
PET/CT is a sophisticated test that allows physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer PET scans are useful for evaluating individuals AFTER breast cancer has been diagnosed.
PET/CT is used in different ways:
- To determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body
- To assess whether metatastic breast cancer is responding to treatment
Digital mammography is the latest technology in advanced breast imaging. It is a powerful tool for accurate and early detection. Our digital mammography gives a more accurate view of dense breasts and of the breasts in the women in the peri-menopausal population.
The Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), coordinated by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), compared digital versus film mammography.
The findings showed:
- Digital mammography was significantly better than film mammography in screening women who were under age 50, or women of any age who had very dense breasts.
- Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.
Where can I have it done?
The test can be performed at the following locations:
- Atrium Medical Center
- Wilbur and Jean Cohen Women’s Center
- Atrium Health Center Mason - Atrium Women’s Imaging
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Content Updated: April 20, 2015