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Breast cancer imaging
Part of breast cancer diagnosis is imaging, which are detailed pictures of the inside structures of your breast. These images help your doctors make a determination if you need a biopsy, or if other forms of treatment need to be considered.
Imaging tests used to diagnose breast cancer
Digital mammography screening
A mammogram is an X-ray of your breasts. During a mammogram, your breasts are compressed against a metal X-ray plate and X-ray images are taken of your breasts.
At St. Anthony’s Cancer Care Center, our Breast Center is equipped with the latest in breast health technology, offering state-of-the-art digital mammography. Digital mammography offers the highest quality mammogram available. In digital mammography, the X-ray images are transferred to a computer screen where they can be viewed and magnified for a clearer view of the suspicious area.
Computer Aided Detection (CAD)
This system is a diagnostic tool for reviewing mammograms. It marks the suspicious areas for a radiologist to take a closer look. A CAD helps your doctor make an informed decision about whether you need more testing.
If an abnormality is found during a mammogram, an ultrasound is used to further evaluate the lump or mass. An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of your body. The technician applies a clear gel to your skin and then takes a probe, called a transducer, and moves it over the area being examined.
MRI, magnetic resonance imaging, uses advanced technology to view breast abnormalities. The technology is different from X-rays, so there is no radiation exposure. During an MRI, you lie on a table, which then slides into the MRI machine (it looks like a large tube.) The machine takes detailed images of your body.
For information about St. Anthony's Cancer Care Center - St. Louis, please call 314-ANTHONY (268-4669) or 800-554-9550 or visit find a physician online.
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