24 hour Discovery to Diagnosis
The Breast Center at Trinity Hospital of Augusta offers advanced breast imaging in a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Our digital technology yields accurate, reliable results. The physician and staff commitment to our patients makes the difference. Our Breast Center Coordinator, the technologists and radiologists work together to provide our patients with immediate reads of mammograms if the patient desires, and further our surgeons and pathologists work diligently to diagnose questionable breast tissue within 24 hours. Additionally we have several open appointments each day reserved for our Discovery patients to alleviate the diagnosis waiting period and help provide peace of mind. We understand the difference a day makes in the lives of our patients, especially when facing the uncertainty of breast cancer.
Our Breast Center Coordinator is a trusted resource for our patients. She verbally communicates results to our patients and is able to answer questions and calm the fears of our patients. We are committed to providing personalized care, tailored to the patient’s needs, in order to provide peace of mind.
What is Digital Mammography?
Digital mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor and transmitted and stored just like computer files. From a patient’s point of view, having a digital mammogram is very much like having a conventional screen-film mammogram.
Both film-based and digital mammography use compression and x-rays to create clear images of the inside of the breast. During all mammography exams, the technologist positions the patient to image the breast from different angles and compresses the breast with a paddle to obtain optimal image quality.
Digital mammograms produce images that can be reviewed by the radiologist on a high resolution computer monitor in a matter of seconds. The physician and/or radiologist can adjust the brightness, change contrast and zoom in for close ups of specific areas of interest. Being able to manipulate the images to show infinite details enables the radiologists to see tiny “spots” called microcalcifications, and other subtle signs of what might be early cancer in the breast.
In the event that your physician and/or radiologist finds questionable tissue in your mammogram, he/she may desire to have a breast ultrasound performed to get alternative views of an area of interest in the breast. This noninvasive procedure uses a transducer probe to create additional diagnostic images used to help decipher tumors and cysts in the breast. If you elected to have an immediate read of your mammogram, an ultrasound can more than likely be conveniently performed that same day before you leave the Breast Center.
Breast ultrasound may also be used to identify masses in women whose breast tissue is too dense to be measured accurately by mammography.
Trinity’s Breast Center also offers stereotactic breast biopsy procedures, also referred to as an image-guided biopsy should your physician recommend a biopsy in determining proper diagnosis. Stereotactic Biopsies are simpler, quicker and more comfortable for patients than traditional open surgical biopsies. Our technology is a minimally invasive, one-step procedure that uses ultrasound and/or mammographic guidance to create a three-dimensional image of the breast which leads the technologists to the exact location of the abnormal tissues to remove a sample of the breast tissue to examine.
Early detection is the best and most effective tool in the battle against breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there are more than two million breast cancer survivors in the United States. Understanding your risk factors and making wise lifestyle choices is the first step. Regular check-ups and screenings are important, too – the earlier breast cancer is found, the better your chances for successful treatment and recovery. Mammograms play a key role in monitoring your breast health and detecting any changes that warrant further examination.
To schedule your next mammogram at Trinity’s Breast Center, please call our scheduling office at 706-481-7535. Yearly screening mammograms do not require a prescription. Our Breast Center Coordinator will facilitate prescription orders for your convenience. For more information or to speak with our Breast Center Coordinator, please call 706-481-7910.