The Holy Cross Hospital Breast Center offers women the latest technologies to quickly and accurately detect and diagnose breat concerns, including lumps and other abnormalities. Specially-trained radiologists and technologists perform the following advanced services:
- Digital mammography- An X-ray of the breast is recorded ina digital format and used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. If abnormalities are detected on a screening mammogram, a follow-up diagnostic mammogram may be recommended.
- Ductogram - A contrast agent is injected into the breast duct to view the ducts on a mammogram image to diagnose abnormal nipple discharge.
- Breast ultrasound exam- Sound waves are used to create an image of the breast to determine if a breast lump is caused by a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass, such as cancer.
- Ultrasound and stereotatic breast biopsy- A biopsy uses a hollow needle to remove some cells from a suspected breast tumor, allowing the cells to be examined under a microscope, Ultrasound-guided biopsy is performed on abnormal areas that are too small to be felt. In a stereotactic biopsy, special mammography equipment is used to guide the doctor to the location of the abnormal growth.
- Breast cyst aspiration - A small needle is used to drain fluid from a breast cyst.
- Breast MRI- Images of the breast are created using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology. Breast MRI is often used in addition to mammography and breast ultrasound exams to aid the radiologist in looking for tumors when a diagnosis of breast cancer is suspected or has been made.
To schedule an appointment call 301-754-8200.
For more information about the Breast Center, call 855-HCH-HOPE (424-4673).