Our Imaging Center team will educate, comfort and reassure you as you experience the imaging procedures recommended by your physician. These procedures may include:
- Screening and Diagnostic Digital Mammography – Low-dose X-rays are taken by certified technologists and interpreted by board-certified radiologists.
- Breast Ultrasound – High-frequency sound waves and ultrasound images are used to further diagnose cancer and differentiate solid from cystic lumps.
- Breast MRI - This sensitive breast-imaging study may more accurately define the extent of breast cancer and may occasionally identify additional areas of cancer in the same or opposite breast that may not have been identified by mammography and/or ultrasound.
- Bone Densitometry – This exam detects early bone loss by measuring bone mineral density with a low-dose radiation. The test is commonly referred to as DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry). It often is used as part of the breast cancer survivorship care plan, particularly for patients who receive treatments that may cause bone loss.
- Fine Needle Aspiration – This procedure removes a small number of individual cells from the area of concern using a thin needle with local anesthetic.
- Stereotactic Biopsy or Ultrasound-Guided Core Needle Biopsy – This computer- or ultrasound-guided imaging locates a lesion and allows for removal of a tissue sample for examination. These procedures are performed on an outpatient basis using local anesthetic. Results are generally available within 48 hours.