3D mammography has proven especially beneficial to women who have dense breast tissue or whose breast tissue tends to be denser. This technology has the ability to narrow the focus of examination down to precise one millimeter sections, allowing the physician greater visibility.
After years of studies and FDA approval, 3D technology has earned its place as an indispensable tool for detecting the first signs of breast cancer. Some studies report up to a 40% increase in cancer detection rate, making this a powerful tool in finding early stage breast cancer when it's most treatable. Most studies also support that call backs are reduced due to the increased level of visibility.
Learn more about 3D mammograms and how to schedule, here.
Screening mammograms are performed annually for women who do not have any symptoms. We encourage women to 'know' their breasts by completing monthly breast self examinations. Any changes in the breast need to be reported to your doctor immediately. Click here to schedule your annual mammogram, or call 281.484.4708.
Diagnostic examinations are required when an abnormality is found on a screening mammogram or a physical issue is detected, such as a breast lump, or change in the breast or skin, or nipple discharge. Diagnostic examinations can only be scheduled with an order from you physician.
The Rose offers the following screening and diagnostic services:
- Digital Mammography
- Advanced digital mammography is offered for both screening and diagnostic mammograms. Computer Aided Detection (CAD) is a standard service with all mammograms and M-Vu® CAD is an advanced computer-aided detection system that assists radiologists by automatically identifying areas of a mammogram that are consistent with breast cancer. This system is especially valuable when imaging dense breast tissue.
- High resolution, breast specific ultrasound systems are the only type of ultrasound equipment utilized by The Rose. The precise imaging that is needed to perform complex breast diagnostic ultrasound studies requires advanced technology designed for the breast tissue.
A biopsy is the only way to know for sure if a breast change is benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer). Biopsies performed utilizing ultrasound imaging systems include:
- Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy (FNAB)
- Ultrasound-guided Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy is performed under topical (local) anesthetic and requires the use of a needle and syringe to drain the lump to obtain a sample of cells that are then examined by a Pathologist. A FNAB does not require stitches and is performed routinely at The Rose.
- Core Needle Biopsy (Tru-cut biopsy)
- Ultrasound-guided core needle biopsy is performed under topical (local) anesthesia and requires a specially designed needle, surgical tip and vacuum devise that assists the surgical removal of a small core of tissue sample. Patients report experiencing a slight pressure during core needle biopsy but seldom report any significant pain. The tiny incision is closed with a small adhesive bandage. The core sample(s) is sent to a pathologist for evaluation. Core Needle Biopsies are routinely performed at The Rose.
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Stereotactic Biopsies are performed utilizing digital mammography and 3D imaging. A Stereotactic Biopsy is performed using a topical (local) anesthetic. A small incision is made through which the biopsy needle is inserted. Slight pressure may be felt during this time. To monitor future breast health, the physician may place a tiny marker at the biopsy site for future follow-up. This marker is very small, and will not be felt it once it is placed in the breast. The single incision is closed with a small adhesive bandage. The core sample(s) is sent to a pathologist for evaluation. Stereotactic Breast Biopsies are routinely performed and available only at The Rose's Featherwood location.
- A ductogram is a procedure that images the ducts of the breast and is available at both locations.
You are important! Any medical procedure can be stressful and while patients will usually be able to resume normal activities on the same day as the biopsy, at The Rose we encourage women to allow time for 'themselves' after having a FNAB, Core Biopsy, or Stereotactic Biopsy.
The Rose physicians are also available for Consults and Second Opinions.