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Comprehensive Mammography and Breast Cancer Screening for Your Peace of Mind
Breast cancer screening can be a stressful experience. But it doesn’t have to be. Our friendly and caring team of experts is here to make getting a mammogram or other breast imaging procedure as comfortable as possible. With personalized diagnostic examinations tailored to your unique risk factors, we strive to deliver the most accurate results with compassion.
Screening mammography is essential in the early detection of breast cancer, as it increases the chances of successful treatment and survival. We recommend regular mammograms for women according to age and risk factors. These non-invasive examinations can detect potential issues even when you have no symptoms.
Our center employs the latest technology in full-field digital mammography 2-D or synthetic 2-D and tomosynthesis (3-D mammography) for diagnostic mammography. This advanced approach allows our radiology technologists to obtain breast images from multiple angles, enhancing the accuracy of cancer detection and reducing the need for repeat scans.
Advanced Screening Technologies
We are committed to using the latest advancements in breast cancer screening to provide the most accurate results. We are the only cancer center in South Florida offering contrast-enhanced mammograms, which use the same equipment as traditional mammograms but include upgraded software and intravenous iodine contrast to enhance the images.
This cutting-edge technology is particularly beneficial for women at intermediate risk of developing breast cancer or those who cannot undergo breast MRI due to severe claustrophobia, incompatible implantable devices, or gadolinium allergies.
Expertise in Dense Breast Tissue and High-Risk Cases
Our dedicated breast radiologists have extensive experience detecting abnormalities in dense breast tissue and high-risk cases. If an abnormality is detected or the breast tissue is particularly dense, our team may order additional testing, such as high-resolution ultrasound or breast MRI, to ensure the most accurate diagnosis possible.
Sophisticated Breast Imaging Techniques (Breast MRI)
Many physicians prefer a breast MRI to a mammogram, especially for patients with a 20-25% or higher lifetime risk for breast cancer. A breast MRI captures multiple images of your breast, providing a comprehensive view of the tissue. It may be used with a mammogram as a breast cancer screening tool for those at high risk or with a strong family history of breast cancer.
Breast biopsies can help determine the nature of your specific growth and the best course of action for your health. Depending on your circumstances, biopsies may be performed using image-guided localization procedures, cyst aspiration, or surgical methods.
Breast Oncology Through Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
As part of UHealth, our patients have access to world-class breast cancer care. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, an NCI-designated cancer center, is recognized for its outstanding research, patient care, and community outreach.
In the event of a cancer diagnosis, your care team will work together to analyze your specific case and determine the most effective treatment plan. We will conduct various tests on your biopsy sample to identify the exact type of cancer and your treatment options, such as:
- Estrogen and progesterone receptor tests
- Human epidermal growth factor type 2 (HER2/neu) receptor tests
- Oncotype DX and MammaPrint
Schedule Your Appointment Today
Don't let fear or uncertainty keep you from taking control of your breast health. Contact a Women’s Nurse Coordinator at UHealth Comprehensive Women’s Health Alliance to schedule your appointment, ask questions, or discuss your concerns. Our team is here to provide the guidance, support, and care you need. Contact us today and discover the difference that expert, personalized care can make.
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray imaging test used to detect changes or abnormalities in the breast tissue. It is a routine screening test for women over 50 and is considered the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages.
The frequency of mammograms for women depends on their age, risk factors, and personal preferences. The American Cancer Society recommends that women aged 40-44 should have the option to start getting mammograms annually, women aged 45-54 should get mammograms annually, and women aged 55 and older should switch to mammograms every two years or continue yearly screening if they prefer. However, women with a family history of breast cancer or other risk factors may need to start screening earlier or have more frequent mammograms.
Mammograms are the best way to detect breast cancer in its early stages when it is most treatable. Early detection can lead to a better prognosis and a greater chance of survival. A mammogram can also help to determine the type of breast cancer and guide the best course of treatment.
Mammograms can be uncomfortable, but they are not usually painful. The pressure applied to the breast during the test may cause discomfort, but it is generally minimal and short-lived. If you are concerned about discomfort, you can ask the technologist to stop the test at any time.
Mammograms are considered accurate in detecting breast cancer, with a detection rate of about 80-90%. However, mammograms are not perfect and can miss some cancers. That's why it's important to have breast exams by your doctor annually and eriodocally perform self breat exams. Follow-up tests, such as a biopsy if an abnormality is detected on a mammogram may be needed. Additionally, mammograms may result in false-positive results, leading to unnecessary anxiety and further testing.
During a mammogram, you will be asked to undress from the waist up and put on a gown. While an X-ray image is taken, your breast will be compressed between two plates for a few seconds. The process will be repeated for the other breast. The entire procedure usually takes less than 30 minutes.
2-D mammography is the traditional form of mammography that produces a flat image of the breast. 3-D mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, produces a series of thin, 3-dimensional images of the breast, allowing for a more detailed examination of the breast tissue.
Studies have shown that 3-D mammography is more accurate than 2-D mammography in detecting breast cancer, particularly in women with dense breast tissue. It can also reduce the number of false-positive results, which can lead to unnecessary anxiety and further testing.
Yes, 3-D mammography is often considered a better option for women with dense breasts, as it can better detect cancers that may be hidden in dense tissue on a 2-D mammogram.
No, 3-D mammography uses the same low dose of radiation as 2-D. The additional radiation exposure from a 3-D mammogram is minimal and considered safe.
The compression used during a mammogram can be uncomfortable, regardless of whether it is a 2-D or 3-D exam. However, many women find that the 3-D exam is quicker and less uncomfortable than a traditional 2-D mammogram.