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BREAST HEALTH CENTERS:
Services

  • 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, which can 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.
     
  • Ductogram/Galactagram
    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 women:

    • Under the age of 50 years old
    • Women with radiographically dense breasts
    • Premenopasal
    • Perimenopasal

     

    • 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.
       
  • MRI
     
  • 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
    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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