Additional Breast Imaging
If additional imaging beyond a screening mammogram is ordered, it does not necessarily mean something is wrong. The radiologists sometimes need extra views to help evaluate a particular area of the breast. This is not unusual and should not cause you to be alarmed.
Additional imaging is done at the Betty Ford Breast Diagnostic Center at Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion. Procedures can include a diagnostic mammogram, 3-D breast imaging, breast ultrasound or breast MRI.
- Diagnostic Mammogram/3D Breast Imaging
Betty Ford Breast Care Services is the only provider in West Michigan to offer breast tomosynthesis—a breakthrough three-dimensional (3D) screening tool that captures clearer images than conventional mammography. Diagnostic mammograms that utilize tomosynthesis can create a highly detailed image, helping uncover tumors that might otherwise go undetected.
- Breast Ultrasound
Breast ultrasound is a procedure that uses sound waves to create a picture of the inside of the breast. It can be used to determine if a breast lump is filled with fluid or is a solid tumor.
- Breast MRI
Breast MRI produces highly detailed views of the tissue. It can be used after an abnormal mammogram to determine if a biopsy is needed or not.
Often, these tests are able to rule out breast cancer, even after an abnormal mammogram. Depending on the findings, you may be asked to get more frequent screenings to keep a watchful eye on any further changes.