BREAST HEALTH CENTERS:
- Bone Densitometry / Osteoporosis Screening
Bone density testing is one of the best ways available to
identify whether you are at risk for developing osterporosis, an
ailment which leads to brittle bones and fractures. The
Breast Health Centers offer DEXA osteoporosis scanning,
give your physician an accurate picture of your bone density
early enough to help make a real difference in the outcome.
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- Cyst Aspiration
The radiologist may want to withdraw some fluid from a cyst for examination under
the microscope. Cyst aspiration usually involves placing a needle into the mass
and extracting fluid.
Nipple discharge can occur for many reasons. A ductogram is a method of identifying
which milk ducts are causing your discharge. The radiologist will insert a tiny catheter, called a cannula, into the duct. A dye will be injected into the duct,
and mammogram will be done after the dye is injected.
- Instruction for Breast Self-Examination
- Low Dose Mammography
Digital Mammography / Film Screen Mammography
Digital mammography has been found to be most accurate in
- Under the age of 50 years old
- Women with radiographically dense breasts
- Screening - Performed on patients with no current complaints or
symptoms. Two views of each breast will be taken.
- Diagnostic -
Performed on patients who have a current problem, such as pain,
lump, nipple discharge or skin changes.
- Needle Localization/Open Biopsy
Uses X-rays similar to your mammogram. The radiologist
will place a needle and wire into the lesion of concern.
When the needle is confirmed to be in the appropriate area, the
needle will be removed and the wire will remain in the area of
confirmation. The patient will then be transported to Same Day Surgery
for the open biopsy.
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
This procedure is done by the radiologist or surgeon in the mammography suite by placing a needle into the breast under
computerized mammographic guidance. Multiple tissue samples are
taken and sent to pathology. There is no need for an open surgery.
The procedure is accurate, cost-effective and only takes about 30 minutes.
It requires only a Band-Aid, leaves no scar and you can leave
immediately after the procedure.
Discuss this option with your physician to
see if you might be a suitable candidate.
- Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
This procedure uses sound waves to assist with placing a special biopsy needle
into the breast lesion. The physician will
obtain tissue samples of the abnormal area in your breast.
Ultrasound is a method of evaluating breast tissue by using
sound waves instead of radiation to produce an image of the
breast. Ultrasound is particularly valuable in determining the
difference between a cyst (fluid filled mass) and a tumor (solid
mass). The ultrasound exam will take approximately 15 minutes.
The above procedures are performed at our diagnostic centers
located at Cape Coral Hospital and
The Sanctuary Outpatient Center.
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