Screening & Diagnosis
Our team of specialists is dedicated to early detection and prompt treatment of breast cancer.
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.
The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image
quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting
ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review
evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are
experts in the field.
Breast self-examination is an important technique to help monitor breast
health. Many women first detect a change in their breast when they feel
something they have never noticed before.
If you find a lump or detect another type of change in your
breast—even if a recent mammogram was normal—make an appointment with
your doctor right away.
An annual mammogram could save your life, and with Holland
Hospital's digital mammography, you’re assured the clearest, most
detailed mammogram available. The key to early detection is to follow
screening guidelines, which for most women means getting an annual
mammogram beginning at age 40, according to the American Cancer Society.
Breast ultrasound is sometimes used to evaluate breast problems that are found during a screening or diagnostic mammogram or on 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.
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.
A breast biopsy is the removal of tissue to examine for signs of breast cancer. There are several different types of breast biopsy procedures and 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.
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 testing and how to interpret the test.
Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services
Susan Ervine, MD of Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services discusses breast health and breast imaging.