About 1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Luckily, the number of breast cancer deaths are dropping due to early detection through advanced procedures such as those offered at the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Citizens Medical Center.
Services Provided by the Women’s Diagnostic Center:
With 3D mammography exams, we join the ranks of leading breast centers around the world that have brought this important technology to the women in their communities. 3D mammography technology is a more accurate mammogram that detects 41% more invasive breast cancers. Diagnostic exams and biopsies are much more likely to be positive, compared with 2D mammography, making 3D mammography more effective. When treatment is earlier, costs are lower, outcomes are better and patients return to productivity sooner.
Digital mammography is recommended annually for women over the age of 40 and is the first step in early detection of breast cancer. A mammogram produces high quality images of the breast and can identify abnormalities. Mammograms are superior at detected breast abnormalities compared to self- exams. Certain factors may indicate a need for mammograms earlier than 40.
Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI’s provide very detailed images of the soft tissues and internal structures within the breast. It is a useful diagnostic tool for women in high risk categories or those with dense breast tissue. MRI’s are also utilized to further evaluate suspicious areas in the breast detected via other procedures.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of thebreast tissue and internal structures. Ultrasounds do not use radiation but are very effective at identifying abnormalities in the breast.
Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (DILON)
DILON is able to assist in the diagnosis of patients who receive inconclusive results by evaluating cellular and molecular information. A Comment [CC1]: Link to the 3D Mammography page.
radioisotope can help detect areas of concern by identifying areas of increased molecular activity, a specialized gamma camera then captures these images for further assessment.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic biopsy is less invasive than an excisional biopsy, and it provides the same evaluative abilities. It is a walk-in procedure with local anesthesia that produces minimal scarring.
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
Ultrasound is used to locate suspicious areas where tissue is then extracted for further evaluation. This is a minimally invasive, walk-in procedure.
Needle Localization Biopsy
Needle Localization Biopsy takes place in an operating room and is more invasive than the other biopsies. An imaging tool pinpoints abnormal tissue and then a wire is routed to the spot in question where tissue will be extracted for further evaluation
Steps to Reduce the Risk of Breast Cancer:
- Having children before the age of 30
- Limiting alcohol intake to one drink per day
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Exercising regularly
Guidelines to Prepare for a Mammogram (yearly after the age of 40):
- Do not wear deodorant or powder on the day of your exam – it could affect the image
- Wear a two-piece outfit as you will need to undress from the waist up
- Schedule your mammogram seven to ten days after the beginning of your menstrual cycle
Citizens Medical Center’s mammography program is accredited by the American College of Radiology, providing peer review and feedback on staff qualifications, equipment, quality control, image quality, and radiation dose.
For questions or additional information regarding the services provided at the Women’s Diagnostic Center please call (361) 572-5196. To schedule your procedure, contact Central Scheduling at (361) 570-7277.