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Breast Health Services

To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, please call (940) 764-5050 or visit MyChart.

In 2021, United Regional performed over 6500 mammograms.

3D Mammography Breast Tomosynthesis 

3D Mammography, often referred to as breast tomosynthesis, uses high-powered computing to convert digital breast images into a stack of very thin layers or “slices”— building what is essentially a “3-dimensional mammogram.” During the exam, the X-ray arm sweeps in a slight arc over the breast, taking multiple breast images in just seconds.

A computer then produces a 3D image of breast tissue in one millimeter layers allowing the radiologist to see breast tissue detail in a way never before possible. Instead of viewing all the complexities of breast tissue in a flat image, the doctor can examine the tissue a millimeter at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by the tissue above and below.

This technology helps radiologists find very small cancers and rule out “false positives,” reducing the number of women who are called back for a diagnostic mammogram. It is especially helpful in detecting cancers in dense breast tissue, which 80% of women have.

3D_mammography_unit

 

This 3D mammography unit offers exceptionally sharp breast images, an advanced ergonomic design providing more patient comfort, and the ability to deliver superior screening and diagnostic performance.

Stereotatic Breast Biopsies

If the 3D mammography does reveal an abnormality, biopsies are the only definitive way to confirm if it is benign (non-cancerous) or not. Stereotactic breast biopsy is an alternative to open or surgical biopsy and is a safe and minimally invasive form of breast biopsy, which can more accurately pinpoint the mass. It is used to obtain tiny samples from an abnormal breast mass for examination by a pathologist.

Two X-ray images of breast tissue are taken at different angles. A computer uses the images to locate the abnormality and calculate precise coordinates. Then the computer guides the physician in placing a thin hollow needle at the target.

A sample of suspect breast tissue is precisely located with a computer-guided imaging system and removed with a needle. The procedure is completed on an outpatient basis with a minimum of discomfort and recovery time.

Breast Health Navigator to Provide Help and Support

United Regional has a certified breast health navigator to guide women through the process of additional testing and a possible diagnosis of breast cancer. She provides reassurance and education through every step of the care cycle, and educates women about what they can expect during treatment and ongoing care.

Click  here to download a detailed booklet containing information on our comprehensive breast care.

 

To schedule an appointment for a screening mammogram, please call (940) 764-5050 or visit MyChart.

For questions about this important breast health procedures, please contact 940 764 6014 or 940 764-6027.