Diagnostics

Diagnostics

Mammography

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

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).

Breast MRI

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.

Galactogram

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.