One in eight women, or 12%, will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Despite this fact, we can feel empowered by the opportunity that annual screening provides to detect breast cancer as early as possible. The evidence is clear that early detection of breast cancer improves the odds of survival.

The addition of tomosynthesis, or what is described as “3D” imaging, to standard two-view mammography improves the detection of breast lesions. We offer standard 2-view mammography in addition to tomosynthesis to every patient because we know what is at risk. It is so important for every female 40 years of age and older to undergo screening mammography that we do not require a physician’s order to perform your imaging. That’s right, all you need to do is call to make an appointment, no order required. There is nothing standing between you and your piece of mind, so please call 307-232-5054 and schedule your screening mammogram today.

When a lesion is found, our board certified radiologists will ensure that you are scheduled for the next stages of diagnosis. Imaging tests that you may require include specific mammographic views of the involved breast also known as a “diagnostic mammogram”, a breast ultrasound,a breast MRI, and potentially a biopsy.

When it comes to breast biopsies there are many ways to obtain enough tissue to help the pathologist make an accurate diagnosis. Breast lesions can be targeted with specific mammographic views (termed stereotactic breast biopsy), via ultrasound, and also by MRI.

Stereotactic breast biopsies are performed in compression, like a mammogram. Once the breast is in compression, images are acquired and the lesion is localized. The skin overlying the lesion is then cleansed, the skin and deeper tissues are numbed with local anesthesia, and a small incision (roughly the size of a pea) is made in the skin to allow the needle to pass. Once the needle is in place and the sample is obtained, a very small marker called a clip is left in the biopsy cavity to identify the biopsy location should more tissue need tobe removed at a later date. The skin is cleansed and a bandage is placed. Complications are rare and you can get back to your normal life immediately.

Ultrasound guided breast biopsies are performed without compression and use a small probe to locate the lesion. Once the lesion is localized the skin overlying the lesion is then cleansed, the skin and deeper tissues are numbed with local anesthesia, and a small incision (roughlythe size of a pea) is made in the skin to allow the needle to pass. Once the needle is in place and the sample is obtained, a very small marker called a clip is left in the biopsy cavity to identify the biopsy location should more tissue need to be removed at a later date. The skin is cleansed and a bandage is placed. Again, complications are rare and you can get back to your normal life immediately.

MRI guided breast biopsies are performed without compression, however the breast is placed into a special depression in the MRI table.Breast imaging and biospsies are performed in the prone position, laying on your front side and face down. A small plastic grid is placed on the side of the involved breast and images are taken without and with IV contrast. Once the lesion is localized the skin overlying the lesion is then cleansed, the skin and deeper tissues are numbed with local anesthesia, and a small incision (roughly the size of a pea) is made in the skin to allow the needle to pass. Once the needle is in place and the sample is obtained, a very small marker called a clip is left in the biopsy cavity to identify the biopsy location should more tissue need to be removed at a later date. The skin is cleansed and a bandage is placed. Again, complications are rare and you can get back to your normal life immediately.

Our team is here to serve you every step of the way from baseline screening through problem solving imaging and tissue acquisition. If you have questions, concerns, or would like to speak to a provider please do not hesitate to call 307-232-5054 and schedule an appointment today.