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Doctors recommend annual mammograms if you have a history of breast cancer in the family, or if you are 40 or older. Digital mammography can be your strongest ally in the early detection of breast cancer. Like the traditional tests, digital mammography is a low dose x-ray procedure that allows the radiologist to visualize the internal structure of the breast. However, digital technology allows images to appear in seconds on a computer screen with more detail and clarity. As a result, you benefit from shorter exam times, fewer call backs for additional testing and quicker answers to your questions. All mammograms at ECHN facilities are performed digitally using state-of-the-art technology.
Digital Mammography is available at Glastonbury Wellness Center, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital and Women’s Center For Wellness.
Breast ultrasound plays an important role in breast imaging, using sound waves to evaluate breast tissue. Ultrasound is often used in conjunction with digital mammography to visualize cysts or to assess changes in dense breast tissue. Ultrasound can also be used to guide biopsies of the breast.
Ultrasonography is available at Evergreen Imaging, Manchester Memorial Hospital, Rockville General Hospital and the Women’s Center for Wellness.
Taking and evaluating tissue samples (biopsies) of abnormal areas in the breast is a critical part of accurately diagnosing breast cancer. As an alternative to surgical biopsies, ECHN can use less invasive stereotactic (using low dose xrays) or ultrasound to guide the biopsy equipment to the site of the abnormality. Biopsy procedures are performed by licensed radiologists and specialists in breast imaging technology.
These procedures are performed at the Women’s Center for Wellness.
ECHN’s Breast Care Collaborative, a proud member of the National Consortium of Breast Centers, is a diverse network of specialists dedicated to addressing your needs and answering your questions surrounding breast health. All services are confidential and range from education and support to testing and treatments. A dedicated Women’s Health Nurse Navigator guides you to the resources you need and can connect you to the right professionals, including radiologists, surgeons, pathologists and oncologists. Whether you need help setting up an appointment, have questions about your test results or just need someone to talk to, the Collaborative is an invaluable resource. Learn More.