Breast Imaging & Diagnositcs

Holland Hospital is accredited as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, as well as by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). That means our mammography and breast imaging services have been recognized for meeting the highest level of image quality and patient safety.

For convenience, we offer mammography screening at three locations. To schedule your mammogram, simply call (616) 355-3865.

Holland Hospital offers access to the latest breast health screening and diagnostic imaging modalities, including:

  • Digital Mammography: A mammogram is an X-ray of the breasts used to screen for breast problems, such as lumps or small tumors that can be detected by the radiologist before they can be felt. Digital mammography enables breast images to be stored, transmitted and viewed via computer, allowing for specific areas to be enlarged or highlighted. You can learn more about the advantages of digital mammography here.
  • Tomosynthesis/3D Mammography: Tomosynthesis or 3D mammography is used in combination with digital mammography to detect breast cancers, even the most difficult cancers to locate. A computer produces a 3D image of the breast in one-millimeter sections, allowing the radiologist to view breast tissue in even greater detail. Watch this video to discover more about the benefits of 3D mammography.
  • Breast Ultrasound: Ultrasound is sometimes used to further evaluate a breast concern found during a diagnostic mammogram or physical exam. Breast ultrasound is not routinely used for breast screening, but can be helpful for women at high risk for breast cancer who cannot have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
  • Breast MRI: Certain women who are at high risk for developing breast cancer should consider undergoing a more sensitive screening test called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or breast MRI. Breast MRI is also used to further diagnose and stage breast cancers, when necessary. Holland Hospital offers this specialized screening on a state-of-the-art 3T MRI unit.
  • Breast Biopsy: A breast biopsy is the removal of tissue to examine for signs of breast cancer. There are different kinds of breast biopsies: needle biopsy, sentinel node biopsy and surgical biopsy. Most commonly, the radiologist is able to simply use a needle to sample tissue using ultrasound or mammography as a guide. When an imaging study detects a breast abnormality, a stereotactic or ultrasound-guided biopsy may be recommended.
  • Localization for Surgical Biopsies: Needle localization is a biopsy procedure that places very thin guide wires to mark the location of the abnormal area of tissue for surgical sampling. An imaging device (e.g., ultrasound probe) is used to place the wire in or around the abnormal area. Radioactive seed localization (RSL) is another specialized procedure that can help surgeons precisely locate and remove breast tumors, while helping to spare surrounding healthy tissue. During RSL, a metal seed about the size of a small sesame seed is placed into abnormal breast tissue. Containing a tiny amount of radiation, this seed helps the surgeon pinpoint abnormal tissue too small to be seen or felt by hand. The seed is also removed during the surgery.