Screening & Diagnosis

At Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services, you will find leading-edge screening and imaging technology such as digital mammography, breast ultrasound and MRI and 3D Mammography.

Proper screenings and tests allow our specialists to determine possible risk factors for breast cancer and other conditions. Our physicians are dedicated to prevention and prompt treatment of breast cancer.

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.


An annual mammogram could save your life. Holland Hospital's digital mammography assures 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 breast self-exams are a highly effective combination for detecting breast cancer early when it is most treatable.

Holland Hospital has three convenient locations:

Tomosynthesis/3D Mammography

Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D mammography, is used in conjunction with conventional (digital) mammography to detect breast cancers, even the most difficult to locate. With tomosynthesis, a computer produces a 3D image of your breast in one millimeter sections, allowing the radiologist to view breast tissue in greater detail – improving breast cancer detection. 

Tomosynthesis is particularly effective in women with dense breast tissue or those at increased risk of developing breast cancer. Breasts are considered dense if they have a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue but not much fat. Breast density is determined by the radiologist who reads your mammogram. 


An 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 an ultrasound may be a helpful addition to mammography when screening women with dense breast tissue, which is hard to evaluate with mammogram alone.

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.

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.

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. Bioposies are determined by 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.


Comprehensive Breast Services
(616) 355-3871
Mammography Scheduling
(616) 355-3865


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