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The Breast Care Center assures quality care at an affordable cost.

Procedures that can be scheduled for you include:

Breast Self-Examination.  Our staff is specially trained to instruct women on how to perform breast self-examination.

Screening Mammogram. An X-ray procedure that includes two views of each breast. This type of mammogram is performed on women who have no noticeable breast symptoms. It is a very simple, cost-effective technique that could save your life. Your examination results will be promptly reported to you and your physician by a follow-up letter. If your results reveal any changes or show an area of concern, it does not mean you have breast cancer, only that further studies are needed.

Diagnostic Mammogram. An X-ray procedure that includes two views of each breast with additional views as the radiologist deems necessary. This type of mammogram is performed on women who have lumps, nipple discharge, implants, prior lumpectomies, or any other breast symptoms, changes or concerns. A diagnostic mammogram may lead to additional procedures. A radiologist is usually present for this procedure.

Ductogram. A mammographic procedure in which dye is introduced into the nipple for enhanced visualization of the breast ducts. This procedure is recommended for women when unusual discharge from the nipple is present.

Focal Spot Compression. An additional mammographic view that focuses on a specific area of the breast that needs further evaluation.

Magnification Mammogram. An enlarged image of a specific area of the breast to further evaluate an area of concern on a mammogram.

Breast Ultrasound. A technique using sound waves that can show whether a breast lump is a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass.

Cyst Aspiration. The use of a very thin needle for removal of fluid from a cyst. Ultrasound or mammography may be used to visualize the cyst and ensure proper placement of the needle.

Fine Needle Aspiration. A simple procedure performed in a matter of minutes using a very thin, fine needle to obtain a small sample of cells. The sample is then evaluated by a pathologist. This procedure is relatively painless and is a welcome option in certain cases that once required biopsy.

Core Needle Biopsy. A procedure using ultrasound or mammography guidance whereby a sample of breast tissue is obtained with a needle. The sample is then sent to a pathologist for analysis.

Stereotactic Biopsy. A method to obtain a sample of tissue from a suspicious area of the breast using a special type of needle instead of surgery. A computer is used to determine the path of the needle to obtain the best tissue sample.

Needle Localization Biopsy. The placement of a special wire, prior to surgery, to aid the surgeon in locating a questionable area identified on a mammogram, but not detectable in a breast exam.

Each woman is unique, and care is provided on an individual basis. If you have other questions about mammography or breast disease, please ask your physician.