Screening & Diagnosis

At Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services, you will find leading-edge screening and imaging technology such as digital mammography, breast ultrasound and 3T MRI. Through generic testing, our specialists can determine possible risk factors for breast cancer and other conditions and are dedicated to early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer.

Why does breast density matter?

Having dense breast tissue may increase your risk of getting breast cancer. Dense breasts also make it more difficult for doctors to spot cancer on mammograms. Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram. Your doctor should be able to tell you whether you have dense breasts based on where you fall on a four category density scale. If you have dense breasts talk to you doctor to determine if any additional screenings are right for you. Studies have shown that magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and 3D/Tomosynthesis can help locate cancers that are difficult to see on a mammogram of a woman with dense breasts.

Breast Self-Examination

Breast self-examination is an important technique to help monitor breast health. Many women first detect a change in their breast when they feel a lump or other type of change that they have not before. If you detect a change - even if a recent mammorgram was normal - make an appointment with your doctor right away.

Read more about breast self-examination and how to perform breast self-examination.


An annual mammogram could save your life, and with Holland Hospital's digital mammography, you’re assured the clearest, most detailed mammogram available. According to the American Cancer Society, the key to detection is to follow screening guidelines, which means for most women, getting an annual mammogram at age 40. Mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly self-exams are a highly effective method for detecting breast cancer early when it is most treatable.

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Tomosynthesis/3D Mammography

3D mammography is also known as tomosynthesis. With conventional (digital) mammography the radiologist is viewing breast tissue in one flat image. In Tomosynthesis, a computer produces a 3D image of your breast tissue in one millimeter sections, allowing the radiologist to see breast tissue in greater detail to provide a more accurate exam. While a screening mammogram is your annual mammogram, Tomosynthesis is used in conjunction with mammography to improve breast cancer detection.

A 3D mammogram requires no additional compression and the X-ray energy is about the same as a traditional mammogram. All patients will be able to schedule a screening Tomosynthsis/3D mammography with an order from their provider.


Ultrasound is sometimes used to evaluate breast problems that are found during a diagnostic mammogram or during a physical exam. Breast ultrasound is not routinely used for screening. However, some studies have suggested that ultrasound may be a helpful addition to mammography when screening women with dense breast tissue which is hard to evaluate with mammogram alone.

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Breast MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

The American Cancer Society recommends that certain women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer undergo a more sensitive screening test called magnetic resonance imaging, or breast MRI. Holland Hospital offers breast MRI on its state-of-the-art 3T MRI unit. Ask your physician whether breast MRI is appropriate for you.

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Genetic Testing

Only 5-10% of breast cancer cases occur when gene mutations are passed from one generation to the next. Our specialists can help you and your family understand your individual risk of inheriting a gene for breast cancer. They are specially trained to advise you on your risk, the proper testing and how to interpret the test.

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Breast Biopsy

A breast biopsy is the removal of tissue to examine for signs of breast cancer. There are several different types of breast biopsy procedures. The type used will depend on the location and size of the breast lump or abnormality. When a mammogram detects a breast abnormality, a stereotactic or ultrasound guided biopsy may be recommended. This procedure uses special imaging to find the area of the breast where the biopsy samples are to be taken.

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Susan Ervine, MD, Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services discusses breast health and breast imaging.