• Breast Diagnostic Services

  • Diagnostic Services
    When so much depends on your annual mammogram and other breast health tests, you can take comfort in knowing Mercy's diagnostic technologies are second to none.

    3D Digital Mammography
    Digital tomosynthesis, also known as “3-D” mammography, takes multiple images of the entire breast, allowing radiologists to view the breast in multiple image layers, or “slices.” These layers can be reconstructed into a composite image using the software of Mercy’s state-of-the-art Hologics Selenia Dimensions Mammography System. The composite image allows for examination of areas of concern from all angles.

    The advantages of 3-D mammography:

    • 3-D mammography is capable of detecting 30 to 40 percent more invasive breast cancers compared to standard 2-D digital mammography.
    • The 3-D technology helps providers detect lesions with greater accuracy and see them with greater clarity, which can help detect cancer earlier and reduce false-positive recalls and unnecessary biopsies.

    Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
    Women considered to be at high risk for breast cancer, or whose regular screenings indicate the need for a closer look, may be referred for a breast MRI at Mercy. Magnetic resonance imaging is a painless procedure that uses radio waves to generate high resolution images of soft tissue.

    Breast Biopsy
    In the center's procedure room, physicians can gently remove a sample of suspicious tissue for further analysis. These procedures are performed with guidance from stereotactic X-ray, MRI, or ultrasound images that help physicians accurately pinpoint tissue to be biopsied.

    Laboratory Tissue Staining System
    A tissue analyzer located in the hospital's laboratory helps quickly identify specific types of breast cancer so that the appropriate course of action can be taken as soon as possible. The ability to perform this analysis on the hospital campus eliminates delays that would otherwise be caused by sending samples out of town for analysis.

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