One in eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime, and early detection increases the chance of early diagnosis. The key to early detection is following a three-step program, which includes:
A breast cancer diagnosis and treatment plan can include any of our diagnostic technologies. Trinity Hospital provides additional diagnostic technologies, including some of the latest all-digital imaging equipment.
State-of-the-art technology is quicker and more effective in diagnosing traces of cancer, limits radiation exposure and produces enhanced images that reduce the need for additional mammograms. Click here to schedule your next mammogram (Link to mammography schedule page)
Faster, easier and more comfortable than ever before, our digital technology provides outstanding image quality for accurate diagnosis. This enables our team of board-certified radiologists to provide your doctor with a more accurate read.
A physician order is required to schedule a mammogram. Mammograms are performed Monday through Saturday: 7:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. No appointment needed on Thursdays.
MRI breast imaging is used as a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.
Women at high risk should get an MRI and a mammogram every year. Women at moderate risk should talk with their doctors about the benefits and limitations of adding MRI screening to their annual mammogram. Yearly MRI screening is not recommended for all women.
Breast MRI instructions:
This test must be scheduled between 7 and 14 days after the first day of your menstrual cycle. (The first day is considered the first full day.)
You must be off of hormone therapy for six weeks.
It is highly recommended that a mammography be done within the last three months and for problematic mammograms, a detailed mammograghic evaluation and an ultrasound should be done first.
You need to bring any outside films and reports with you, including any pathology reports from previous biopsies or breast surgeries.
You must meet our MRI safety guidelines such as no pacemaker, renal function problems, lead wires, etc.
Standard MRI questions include:
What is your weight and height?
Do you have a pacemaker?
Have you had a previous surgery in the last six weeks?
Have you worked with metal recently (cutting or grinding)?
Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
Do you have any implanted devices (pumps or lead wires)?
Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System
The Mammotone® Breast Biopsy System is a cutting-edge, handheld biopsy device used in conjunction with ultrasound. The Mammotome® requires a single, tiny incision and obtains better samples during biopsy, enabling more accurate results and earlier diagnosis of breast cancer.
Genetic testing helps to determine the risk of having or being a carrier of the BRCA gene, which increases your risk of getting breast cancer and passing on the gene mutation.
Tomosynthesis (3-D mammography)
As the most advanced technology in breast imaging, three-dimensional (3-D) mammography takes images from multiple angles and arranges these high-resolution “slices” into a 3-D image allowing for earlier detection and better, more accurate detection in women with dense breast tissue.