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.
Screening mammograms can check for breast cancer in women who have no signs
or symptoms of the disease. Screening mammograms usually involve two or
images, of each breast. The x-ray images make it possible to detect tumors
that cannot be felt.
If anything abnormal is found in a screening mammogram, a diagnositic mammograms
may be ordered. Besides a lump, signs of breast cancer can include breast
pain, thickening of the skin of the breast, nipple discharge, or a change
in breast size or shape. However, these signs may also be signs of benign
Clearer. Sharper. More detail. Earlier Detection.
3D mammography is a revolutionary new screening and diagnostic breast imaging
tool that improves early detection of breast cancer. Plus, it reduces
the likelihood of false positives, decreasing stress from additional unnecessary
The Breast Center at St. Mary's Medical Center offers and expanded
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Wednesday: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Walk-in mammograms are available Monday-Thursday, 8-11:30 a.m., and 1-4 p.m.
You don't need a physician referral for a screening mammogram. To schedule
an appointment with the Breast Center, call 816-655-5515.
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
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.
MRI imaging of the breast is most commonly used for:
Assessing the extent of breast cancer and/or evaluating for other cancers
in that breast and the opposite breast prior to breast conservation surgery.
This screens those at a high risk for the disease, particularly those
with a strong family history of breast disease or ovarian cancer, Jewish
ethnicity, BRCA + and women with a history of radiation therapy to the
- Evaluating indeterminate abnormalities detected by mammography or ultrasound.
- Distinguishing scar tissue from recurrent tumors
- Assessing the effectiveness of chemotherapy.
- Determining the primary site of cancer in women with abnormal lymph nodes.
- Determining the integrity of breast implants
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.
For more information, call the Breast Center at 816-655-5767.