Imaging & Diagnostics
Holland Hospital's accreditation as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.
Comprehensive Breast Services offers the latest breast health screening and diagnostic imaging studies:
With digital mammography, the images are recorded directly into a
computer. The image can then be viewed on a computer screen and specific
areas can be enlarged or highlighted. If there is a suspicious area,
your doctors can use the computer to take a closer look plus the images also
can be transmitted electronically from one location to another. Other advantages of digital mammography versus film-screen are that digital mammograms deliver about
three-fourths of the radiation that film-screen mammograms do and
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 and can be helpful for women at high risk for breast cancer who cannot have an MRI.
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.
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.
A breast biopsy is the removal of tissue to examine for signs of breast
cancer. There are several different types of breast biopsy procedures. Biopsies are determined by the location and size of the breast lump or
abnormality. When an imaging study 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.
Localization for Surgical Biopsies
If you need breast cancer surgery,
radioactive seed localization (RSL) can help your surgeon precisely
locate and remove your breast tumor, while helping to spare healthy
tissue. During this procedure, a tiny metal seed,
about the size of a small sesame seed, is placed into abnormal breast
tissue. The implanted seed contains a small amount of radiation. This
helps your surgeon find the area of abnormal tissue during surgery when
it is too small to be seen or felt by hand. The seed is removed during your breast surgery.