Breast Biopsy

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The Hologic Selenia is used in a stereotactic breast biopsy

A breast biopsy is performed when an abnormality is detected and tissue sampling is required for a definitive diagnosis.

Your breast biopsy can be performed using a variety of different imaging techniques. The imaging technique for biopsy is selected by the provider performing the procedure based on your prior imaging results.

Stereotactic breast biopsy This technique uses x-ray images to calculate the location of an abnormality and guides the needle into the area of interest.

MRI guided breast biopsy: This technique uses magnetic resonance imaging to image the location of an abnormality and guides the needle into the area of interest.

Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy This technique uses ultrasound waves to image the tissue and guide the needle into the abnormality. This method does not use any x-ray radiation.

Digital Mammography

Sand Lake Imaging is now offering the Genius 3D Mammography Exam, a more accurate way to screen for breast cancer.

These digital mammography systems create clearer, more accurate images than an x-ray mammography.

Our top-of-the-line Hologic Selenia Dimensions Tomographic Mammography systems allow for sharp, detailed images with superior resolution, reduced exposure, and less compression time. The fully automatic, self-adjusting, self-releasing tilt compression paddle conforms to the natural contour of the breast, making positioning easier and offering incomparable patient comfort.

Unlike other parts of the body, the breast is composed mainly of soft tissue. When breast tissue is x-rayed, it creates an image that looks something like a smoky haze, making it difficult to see tiny “spots,” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of early cancer.

Digital Mammogram (Left) vs. X-ray Mammogram (Right)

With digital tomosynthesis, the radiologist reviews electronic images of the breast using special high-resolution monitors. The physician can adjust the brightness, change contrast, and zoom in for close-ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate images is one of the main benefits of digital technology. Another convenience of digital mammography over film-based systems is it can greatly reduce the need for retakes due to over or under-exposure. This potentially saves additional time and reduces exposure to x-rays.

Because they are electronic, digital mammography images can be transmitted quickly across a network. Digital images can also be easily stored and copied without any loss of information, and transmitted in a more streamlined manner, eliminating dependence on only one set of “original” films. It is also more cost effective because there are no films to develop since the images are rendered digitally.

 

 

Breast MRI

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Cross-sectional MRI view of the breasts

Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to look specifically at the breast.

It is a non-invasive procedure that doctors can use to determine what the inside of the breast looks like without having to do surgery or flatten the breast (as in a mammogram).

Each exam produces hundreds of images of the breast, cross-sectional in all three directions (side-to-side, top-to-bottom, front-to-back), which are then read by a radiologist. No radiation is involved, and the technique is believed to have no health hazards in general.

The hope is that such non-invasive studies will contribute to our progress in learning how to predict the behavior of tumors and in selecting proper treatments. Breast MRI is an evolving technology and should not replace standard screening and diagnostic procedures (clinical and self exams, mammogram, fine needle aspiration or biopsy). This procedure can be helpful for getting a second opinion, or another look at the breast.