Breast Imaging

Partnering with you for breast health

The Breast Care Center offers digital mammography, ultrasound, minimally invasive breast biopsies, bone densitometry, as well as a private waiting and education area in one department especially designed for the comfort and privacy of women. With our collective 100 years of experience we are continually recognized in the top 5% of Breast Centers in the nation and in the top 1% of all HMA hospitals.

Digital mammography
Because our primary goal has always been to deliver the highest quality care to our patients, we offer Full Field Digital Mammography. FFDM takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it electronically, directly into a computer. This digital image can be manipulated by the radiologist to show magnified and enhanced images for closer evaluation.                   

Insurance coverage
Medicare pays for one screening mammogram every 365 days. Most states have laws requiring health plans to cover the cost of mammograms. For women without insurance call the ACS at (800) ACS-2345 for available free or low-cost programs in your area.

R2 ImageChecker
Midwest Regional Breast Care Center is proud to be the first metro area hospital to offer ImageChecker, the first FDA approved Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system for screening mammography. This technology offers greatly improved diagnostic capabilities for radiologists working to find abnormalities within the breasts. For every 100,000 cancers currently detected by screening mammography, an additional 20,500 breast cancers could be detected by utilizing the ImageChecker.

What is mammography?
A mammogram is a low level x-ray of the breasts. To date mammography continues to be the most important diagnostic tool for the early detection of breast cancer. It can detect very small cancers or other changes within the breast that might otherwise go unnoticed. Midwest Regional Breast Care Center offers state-of-the-art digital technology, which allows for more detailed mammograms to be produced with a low dose of radiation.

Screening mammogram
A baseline screening mammogram is recommended by age 40, with yearly exams recommended for women 40 and over. Screening mammograms includes two views of each breast. The screening mammogram does not require a physician’s order to have the test performed, but does require the name of your personal physician so your test results can be sent to him or her. A screening mammogram is recommended for women who have:

  • No symptoms
  • No noticeable lumps
  • No new pain
  • No new discharge from your breasts
  • Diagnosed with breast cancer over three years ago
  • Not following up for a problem with their breasts

Diagnostic mammogram
Diagnostic mammograms are used when a woman consults with her doctor because of breast changes such as:

  • A new problem with their breasts (lump, nipple discharge, thickening or unusual changes in size, shape or skin appearance)
  • Having been diagnosed with Breast Cancer less than three years ago
  • An abnormal finding on a screening mammogram

Ultrasound
Breast ultrasound is a procedure used for further evaluation of a breast abnormality or a specific lump seen on mammography or felt by a physician. It is an imaging technique using high frequency sound waves which assists in determining if a lump is a fluid filled cyst or a solid mass. Breast ultrasound is not as sensitive and specific for diagnosing breast cancer as is mammography.

Stereotactic breast biopsy
Stereotactic core needle biopsy uses advanced computer digital imaging technology to remove tissue from extremely small areas in the breast that require further attention after showing up on a mammogram. The pathologist examines the tissue and determines if the lesion is malignant (cancer) or benign (not cancer). This procedure takes about an hour and is safe and accurate.

The importance of breast self exams (BSE)
It is recommended by the American Cancer Society, beginning in their 20’s women should learn the benefits and limitations of BSE.  Early detection greatly increases the survival rate of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Because Midwest Regional Breast Care Center is committed to detecting breast cancer in its earliest stages, our staff is dedicated to providing instruction on how to perform your monthly breast self exams.

Clinical breast exams (CBE)
The American Cancer Society recommends clinical breast exams by a healthcare professional for women age 20-39, every 3 years. CBE may aid in the detection of breast cancer in younger women and should be conducted annually on women over age 40 close to their scheduled mammography appointment.

DEXA bone densitometry
Osteoporosis is often referred to as the “silent disease” because there are no symptoms until a fracture occurs. One out of two women will develop an osteoporosis related fracture after age 50. A bone density test is the most accurate method of evaluating bone strength. The appropriate therapy for osteoporosis could greatly reduce the chances for bone fractures if detected early.

Questions?
For information on any of the services offered at Midwest Regional Breast Care Center please call (405) 610-8888.