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Imaging & Diagnostics

Breast Imaging Center of Excellence American College of Radiology

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:

Digital Mammography

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

Breast Ultrasound

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/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.

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.

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. 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.
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