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Diagnosis & Detection

Offering innovations in breast cancer detection

Scientists, researchers and clinicians world-wide are in continuous pursuit of advancements that can be used to fight breast cancer. So are we. That's why we were the first in Wisconsin to offer FDA-approved 3D mammography and now offer it at four convenient locations. 

We blend scientific protocols and progressive technologies with a healthy dose of respect and understanding when it comes to helping our patients. We know that waiting for test results can cause anxiety. That’s why, we're still the first and only health care organization in the area to offer immediate screening results.

When you have your mammogram by 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, one of our radiologists will review your mammogram right away so you can get your results immediately — before you walk out our door. Because keeping healthy shouldn’t be keeping you up at night. Screenings conducted after 4 p.m. will have results provided within 24 hours.   

Self-Exam

Breast Self-Exam (BSE) is a procedure a woman can do to physically and visually examine her breasts and underarm areas for changes. It has not been shown that BSEs alone can accurately determine the presence of breast cancer. Therefore, if you choose to do BSE, it should not be used in place of, but in addition to, clinical breast examination performed by a health care provider (every three years for women in their 20s and 30s, and every year for women age 40 and older) and mammography.

How to perform a breast self-exam.

3D mammography

A 3D breast mammogram allows doctors to see far more detail within breast tissue than previously possible. Unlike a conventional 2D breast mammogram — which takes a static image of the top and side view of your breast tissue — 3D breast mammograms include 15 more pictures taken from multiple angles. With computer processing, these images, or slices, are pieced together into a 3D image study that a radiologist can manipulate. Now, instead of reviewing just a flat image, doctors can view your entire breast tissue one millimeter at a time. Research has shown that this advanced breast imaging technology may detect up to 40 percent more cancers than digital mammography alone. In addition, radiologists are finding fewer callbacks are needed for additional images (literature shows a 30 percent reduction), which means fewer images, fewer biopsies — and greater peace of mind.

All-digital mammography

Mammography is an X-ray imaging technique specifically designed for the screening, detection and/or diagnosis of lumps, tumors and other abnormalities in the breast. With full-field digital mammography, the image can be adjusted to enhance differences in breast tissue, offering superior breast cancer detection rates and better diagnostic accuracy.

Breast MRI

MRI takes high-resolution images using a magnetic field instead of radiation. MRI is often used along with mammography to image areas of concern in the breast. Cancerous tissue needs a greater blood supply than healthy tissue, and MRI images show greater contrast in areas of increased blood flow, helping a physician determine if an area is cancerous or not. This MRI technique is used with patients who have a strong family history of breast cancer, newly diagnosed breast cancer patients and patients with complicated mammograms.

Stereotactic and ultrasound needle breast biopsy

The latest biopsy techniques combine precision digital and ultrasound imaging to pinpoint the area of concern. A hollow needle is inserted through the skin and a tissue sample is taken. No stitches are needed and there is much less recovery time. Stereotactic and ultrasound needle biopsies are less costly than surgical biopsy. More importantly, they are equally effective in making an accurate diagnosis.