Breast Health Screenings and Procedures
Digital mammography uses electronic images, which can be viewed, optimized and stored on a computer. This more precise technology results in fewer false positives, call-backs and unnecessary radiation to the patient over time. In addition, digital mammography is faster, meaning patients don’t have to be compressed quite as long. Digital mammography has shown to be even more effective in women with dense breast tissue, who are younger than 50, and those who are about to go through menopause.
Breast ultrasound is used as a problem-solving tool in conjunction with mammograms. It can also differentiate cysts from solid masses and guide breast biopsies. It is also helpful in women who have breast complaints and may be too young for a mammogram.
Often it isn’t possible to tell from mammography alone whether a mass is benign or malignant, so it may be necessary to obtain a tissue sample.
Ultrasound-directed core biopsy or aspiration Ultrasound is used to direct a core needle biopsy of a solid mass or aspiration of a cyst. Breast imaging specialists watch in real-time during the procedure, which requires only local anesthesia and no radiation.