Breast Diagnostic Center
The Friends of Hope Breast Diagnostic Center is located within the Warren Billhartz Cancer Center and offers comprehensive screening, diagnosis and intervention.
Mammography (Screening and Diagnostic)
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Screening mammograms are important for early breast cancer detection. The American Cancer Society recommends mammogram screenings every year for all women age 40 and older. While mammography is performed to screen healthy women, it (diagnostic mammogram) can be used to evaluate women who have had symptoms of breast disease as well.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic needle biopsy is useful in cases which calcifications or a mass can be seen on mammogram, but cannot be felt. Computerized equipment maps the exact location of the site for biopsy, and a small incision is made in the skin of the breast. A needle is inserted and takes a sample of the breast tissue. The samples taken are then sent to Pathology for analysis.
Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound guided core biopsy: This technique obtains breast tissue without surgery. A biopsy needle is placed into the breast tissue. Ultrasound helps confirm correct needle placement -- using sound waves reflected off breast tissue -- so the exact location of the abnormality is biopsied. Ultrasound can distinguish many benign lesions, such as fluid-filled cysts from solid lesions. Tissue samples are then taken through the needle and sent to Pathology for analysis.
This is the most accurate way to measure bone mineral density. It can measure as little as 2% of bone loss per year. It is fast and uses very low doses of radiation. It is the best way to diagnosis osteopenia or osteoporosis. This test is so accurate that your follow up DXA scan can be used to monitor treatment to learn if your treatment plan is working. The National Osteoporosis Foundation’s guidelines state that women over 65, younger post menopausal women who have any of the osteoporosis risk factors, as well as those with specific fractures, should be screened each year. Please note that Medicare and some insurances do not pay for annual screenings.
A Physicians Referral is Required for all Services. Note: If you do not have a primary care physician, a self-referral for a screening mammogram is accepted; however, a physician will be assigned to your care for follow up.