Breast Imaging at Good Shepherd Longview
Digital mammography and allied services
Good Shepherd offers the latest in breast imaging at the Longview Medical Center. In most cases, a digital mammogram can identify an abnormal breast mass as much as two years before it can be detected by touch. Digital mammography is different from conventional mammography in how the image of the breast is viewed and, more importantly, manipulated. This allows the mammographer to confirm proper positioning and reduces the likelihood of needing repeat exams. In addition, digital technology offers improved visibility of the breast, particularly near the skin line, the chest wall and in women with dense breast tissue.
Screening mammograms are used as a preventive measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast. Diagnostic mammograms involve additional views of the breast and are used when an abnormality is found during a routine screening mammogram. This method is also used in patients who have complaints including breast mass, pain or skin irritation.
Should further testing be needed following a diagnostic mammogram, many times it can be performed the same day. Some of these procedures might include:
Ultrasounds use sound waves to identify suspicious areas in the breast so that tissue samples may be taken with a needle. This method is often utilized by physicians because the procedure is faster, less invasive and causes little discomfort as compared to a traditional surgical biopsy.
Stereotactic breast biopsies use three-dimensional computerized imaging to identify suspicious areas in the breast so that tissue samples can be taken with a needle. This method is useful when abnormalities can be viewed on a mammogram or through ultrasound, but cannot be felt by touch.
MRI uses a magnet and radio frequency to image breast tissue without radiation. This method is useful to visualize lesions in dense breasts and ruptures in implants. It is helpful to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions. An MRI-guided biopsy can be performed if lesions are identified.
Digital Mobile Breast Center
Good Shepherd Medical Center Longview operates a Digital Mobile Breast Center. This digital mobile mammography service allows the Breast Center to serve Good Shepherd clinics, businesses, civic groups, churches, schools, regional medical facilities and health fairs with accessible and affordable digital screening mammography.
The Digital Mobile Breast Center offers digital screening mammography services on a routine basis in many locations to make it convenient and easy for patients to receive an annual mammogram in their own community. Dedicated to community outreach and breast care education, this unit is equipped with advanced digital equipment, and screenings are performed by an all-female, advanced level certified mammography staff.
A woman is not eligible for a mammogram on the Mobile Breast Center if she:
has been diagnosed with breast cancer;
is currently being treated for breast cancer;
has a new breast problem (feels a lump, skin changes or discharge); or
is breast feeding or has breast fed within the last nine months.
Schedule Your Exam
To schedule a mammogram, call 903.315.2130. You do not need a physician referral for most physicians.
Digital Breast Health Center
For more information about the Digital Mobile Breast Center call 903.315.3860.
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