Mammography remains the best tool in fighting breast cancer. Early detection
of breast cancer greatly increases survival rates. That’s why the
American Cancer Society recommends a mammogram
every year for women ages
40 and older. We make it convienent for you to schedule this important exam by providing
walk-in mammography services,
Monday-Thursday, 8-11:30 a.m., and 1-4 p.m. You do not need a physician
referral for screening mammography.
Breast ultrasound is a procedure used for further evaluation of a palpable
breast abnormality or a density specific lump seen on mammography. It
is an imaging technique using high frequency sound waves to scan the breast.
Ultrasound can locate and measure abnormal changes or lesions in the breast
and determine if a breast lump is solid (tumor) or filled with liquid (cyst).
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast is a noninvasive diagnostic
tool used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast.
A breast MRI captures multiple images of the breast using a dedicated computer
generating detailed images. The study involves obtaining pictures of the
breast before and after contrast administration in an effort to display
not only the size and shape of a lesion, but how it enhances, which can
differentiate benign and malignant lesions.
The radiologist will review the MRI and send a report to the referring
physician. Breast MRI is usually performed when a physician needs more
information than a mammogram, ultrasound or clinical breast exam can provide.
MRI of the breast is not a replacement of mammography or ultrasound, but
rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and
other breast abnormalities.
If a patient has nipple discharge, a galactogram is used to view breast
ducts and is helpful in diagnosing breast cancer. Our experienced radiologists
will place a blunt-ended probe into the duct with discharge. A contrast
material is then injected into the duct and mammograms are taken to determine
if a lesion is causing the nipple discharge.
To schedule a mammogram, call 816-655-5515. For more information, call
The Breast Center at St. Mary’s Medical Center at 816-655-5767.