Deaconess Breast Services provides annual screenings for breast cancer, as well as diagnostic services for any breast abnormalities, such as lumps, pain or discharge. Osteoporosis screening and diagnosis are also provided via DEXA scan.
We offer 3D mammography (tomosynthesis) to detect breast tumors and abnormalities. Tomosynthesis allows our physicians to see images of the breast in layers, improving visibility and detection of breast tumors, while reducing the frequency of “false positives” and the need for additional testing.
Ultrasound imaging of the breast is often used to further evaluate any abnormalities seen during a mammogram or felt during a breast exam.
If one of our physicians believes that a breast lump or area of concern needs to be biopsied, the biopsy may be performed with ultrasound imaging. This helps ensure that the sample is taken from a very precise location.
Similar to ultrasound biopsy, this is a procedure that uses mammography to precisely identify and biopsy an abnormality of the breast.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the breast uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the breast tissue. It is primarily used as a follow-up to an abnormal mammography or ultrasound. Women who are at high risk for breast cancer may also have MRI screening of the breast if ordered by their physician.
A special type of x-ray that measure bone density to determine risk for or presence of osteoporosis.
Navigators are involved from the time of diagnosis through cancer treatment and follow-up, helping patients and their families understand their care options and process. Breast navigators can serve as a single point of contact between Deaconess Breast/Cancer Services and the patient, explain complex medical terms, coordinate needed resources, and more.
If a patient needs surgical treatment for breast cancer, Deaconess Breast Services will arrange the initial consultation with a breast surgeon.
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