Imaging & Diagnostics
At Holland Hospital Comprehensive Breast Services, you will discover advanced 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.
Holland Hospital is an accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence. American College of Radiology's gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety.
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.
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.
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.