More Options for Women Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with dedicated breast capabilities is now available at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen to provide a new way to help physicians diagnose breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammogram screening for breast cancer for all women beginning at age 40. Women at higher risk should have baseline screenings after age 35, as well as MRI screenings and mammograms.
Screening digital mammograms at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen Breast Center use the latest technology available to provide comprehensive diagnoses. These services include:
• Better Breast Health free community/corporate outreach program
• Bone densitometry to screen for osteoporosis
• Breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsy
• Breast self-exam instruction and education
• Breast ultrasound and ultrasoundguided biopsy
• Computerized breast cancer risk assessment
• Counseling for women at high risk for developing breast cancer
• Full-field digital screening and diagnostic mammography
• Osteoporosis prevention information and education
• Stereotactic biopsy with Suros™
• Women’s health seminars
Mammograms are high-contrast X-rays used to screen breasts for cancer and have been the standard for nearly a half century. Full-field digital mammography is now available to provide higher-quality images.
Sonography uses high-frequency sound waves to create a digital image and is frequently used as a follow-up to a mammogram when a physician believes more tests are necessary.
MRIs use a magnetic field and radio waves to create a detailed image without radiation. These tests are most effective when used in conjunction with mammograms, according to the American Cancer Society, and are generally ordered by physicians following mammograms, ultrasounds and clinical breast exams that yield inconclusive results.
“In addition to advanced technology, the center is staffed by radiologists who specialize in breast imaging,” says Brian R. Miller, M.D., radiologist, fellowship trained in mammography, on the medical staff at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen Breast Center. “Women in the community should feel confident about having their screening mammograms and any subsequent work-ups performed at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen Breast Center.”
MRIs do not replace mammograms and sonography but complement those capabilities. Physicians at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen can now order breast MRIs to aid in the diagnosis of breast cancer in the following situations:
• Screening young women at high risk for breast cancer due to strong family history or prior chest radiation
• Evaluating women newly diagnosed with breast cancer to aid with surgical planning and to evaluate the other breast
• Examining an implant rupture
• Assessing breast cancer in women diagnosed with cancer of the lymph nodes under the arm to see if cancer first developed in the breast
• Evaluating further equivocal findings of mammograms and sonograms
“The role of breast MRI in the diagnosis and management of breast cancer is rapidly evolving,” says Miller. “The goal is to see a reduction in mortality from breast cancer through earlier detection and optimal staging and treatment for women with the disease.”
To schedule a screening mammogram at Presbyterian Hospital of Allen Breast Center,