| Breast Center Services
We are designed to give you the best, most comprehensive
care possible, including dedicated care coordination, high-quality
diagnostic services, and access to our Mobile
Mammography Program, Lymphedema Clinic and Enhancement Program.
Mammography - Our certified technologists perform screening
(X-rays) to check for any changes in your breasts. A diagnostic
mammogram is performed for an area of concern such as a lump,
breast pain, change in size or shape of the nipple or breast,
or for discharge from a nipple. Special views are performed
if an area needs to be magnified or viewed at a different
Digital Mammography - This new technology allows radiologists to view mammograms on a computer screen, adjust the picture’s lightness or darkness and zoom in on certain areas of the breast. Technologists also can review the picture within seconds of taking the X-ray, decreasing waiting time for patients.
As a community service, the Breast Center works in conjunction
with the Minnesota
Department of Health and the Sage
Program to provide mammograms at no charge to women who
do not have insurance or are underinsured.
The Breast Center completes annual federal accreditation
by the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA, which assures
you of the facility’s high standards and quality control.
ImageChecker - The ImageChecker is a computer-aided detection
(CAD) system for use in breast cancer screenings to assist
radiologists in minimizing false negative readings during
The ImageChecker CAD system is currently used in conjunction with the digital mammogram image. The system's specialized processing software analyzes the image and draws the radiologist's attention to suspicious features that may be indicative of cancer. The radiologist typically reviews the entire mammogram first and then activates the ImageChecker monitor to see if any areas have been highlighted for additional review. If an image is marked, the radiologist goes back to the original mammogram to review this area of the image in more detail.
Ultrasound - An ultrasound (high-frequency sound waves) of the breast may be used
to determine if a lump or suspicious area is fluid-filled
(like a cyst)
or solid. This helps to determine if further tests or a biopsy
may be necessary.
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
- A core
needle biopsy can be performed on an area as it is visualized
by ultrasound. This offers an accurate diagnostic method for
tissue sampling with a less invasive procedure.
Stereotactic Biopsy -
biopsy, a form of core needle biopsy, can be provided
to women with small or non-palpable tumors. Breast imaging
equipment is used along with a computer that helps to localize
the area so a biopsy can be performed on the lesion.
Surgical Biopsy - A surgical
biopsy is performed in an operating room. The tumor is
localized by a wire prior to excision if it is not palpable
(easily located by touch). The wire localization is completed
in the Breast Center, and the patient is then taken to the
operating room. Next, the entire tumor or a sample of tissue
is removed and evaluated by the pathologist.
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy -
If an invasive breast cancer is diagnosed and surgery is necessary
to remove the tumor, it is important to evaluate the lymph
nodes under the arm (axillary
lymph nodes) as well. In some instances, a less invasive
procedure can be used to analyze the status of the axillary
lymph nodes. This procedure is accomplished by using special
equipment and medication to help locate the first lymph node
that a tumor drains to. This node is then checked for cancer
cells. If no cancer cells are detected, no further lymph nodes
need to be removed, giving women a shorter postoperative recovery
Breast MRI - The Breast MRI Coil is a cutting-edge, computer-aided
device to detect and diagnose breast cancer at its earliest
stages. This equipment greatly enhances diagnostic imaging
in women with dense breasts and women with abnormal breast
discharge or other abnormal breast conditions.
Research has shown that the computer-aided device for the
Breast MRI Coil can further highlight or enhance the areas
of concern and evaluate tumors not otherwise seen on mammogram
or ultrasound. This provides for a more thorough exam and
assists with prescribing the appropriate treatment.