Every woman knows the importance of the annual mammogram, but there is more to women’s imaging than a simple mammogram. At Rochester Radiology, we offer a wide range of women’s imaging services, from traditional and commonly used mammography to breast ultrasound, MRI and biopsy of the breast. Whether it is a routine check-up or more serious concern, we will ensure you are comfortable and well-cared for every step of the way.
Women’s imaging procedures performed by our experienced staff:
What is Breast Imaging?
Breast imaging includes exams including mammagrophy, needle biopsy of the breast, preoperative needle localization, breast ultrasound and breast MRI. While each procedure offers specific diagnostic information, breast imaging overall is essential to the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of any abnormality in the breast.
What is a mammogram?
A mammogram is a test performed using safe, low-dose x-ray that films the internal tissue of the breast, often able to detect breast cancer as early as two years before a lump can ever be felt, at which time it is more than 90 percent curable. As the most commonly used procedure for early detection, mammograms are recommended to be performed in women every year beginning at age 40.
What will happen during the exam?
The technologist will call you in to a private section of the office. They will then bring you in to a mammography suite and position your breast on the detector of the mammography machine. A special device will then gently compress (or flatten) your breast to spread the tissue and produce a more uniform thickness. You may feel a sensation of pressure or tightness as the breast is being compressed. Once the technologist takes x-rays of your breast in different positions, the procedure is repeated from the other breast. The entire procedure usually takes about 30 minutes.
What are the risks and benefits?
Mammography is a safe procedure with minimal exposure to radiation. The benefits of frequent mammograms, especially in women over age 40, can help reduce the number of deaths caused by breast cancer through early detection.
How should I prepare for my test?
We ask that our patients refrain from wearing deodorant or powder the day of the exam as such products leave a residue on the machine that may interfere with the images. No dietary restrictions exist. We also suggest that women consider scheduling the exam with their menstrual cycle in mind to avoid times of breast tenderness.
Any special instructions for after my test?
If you are pregnant or suspect you may be pregnant, please discuss this procedure with your physician before making your appointment.
Needle Biopsy of the Breast
What is a needle biopsy of the breast?
As the only definitive way to confirm if breast tissue is malignant or benign, needle biopsy is safe and minimally invasive. The procedure is used to retrieve a sample from an abnormal breast lesion by obtaining small amounts of breast tissue through a needle. The tissue is then studied by a pathologist to generate a diagnosis.
There are various needle biopsy methods, including ultrasound-guided biopsy (for highly visible lesions on an ultrasound), stereotactic (for more conspicuous lesions), and MR-guided biopsy (guided in real-time by MRI for potential lesions not visible by mammogram or ultrasound).
What is breast ultrasound?
Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure used to evaluate specific areas of concern, which can often be felt by the patient or physician as a lump or tender area of the breast. While this procedure does not replace mammography, it is often helpful to assist in the diagnosis process.
What is Breast MRI?
Breast MRI is a sophisticated technology that uses a computer, magnetic field, and radio waves instead of traditional mammography to produce images of the breast. It is a non-invasive procedure that is used in conjunction with screening and diagnostic mammography, providing valuable information for the detection of breast disease.