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Breast Imaging Services

The full-service breast imaging program at Upper Valley Medical offers comprehensive services focusing on the best options for breast health. 

The comprehensive breast program at Upper Valley Medical is focused on breast health, and we offer a wide range of outpatient breast services and procedures. Our treatment and early-detection tools are backed by our imaging services and oncology services.

  • Results from diagnostic mammograms before you leave our facility
  • Results within seven to 10 days for screening mammograms 
  • Little-to-no wait time
  • Highly-trained and experienced staff
  • Heated spa robes for comfort
  • Free parking at the Hyatt Center
  • High patient satisfaction scores
  • On-site Radiologists

Early Breast Cancer Detection

At Upper Valley Medical Center we know early detection is an important tool in fighting breast cancer.

You can improve your odds of discovering breast cancer early if you use these three early detection tools:

  • Monthly breast self-examinations 
  • Annual screening mammograms 
  • Annual breast examination by a health care professional 

Mammography Screening

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. Successful treatment depends on early detection. A mammogram remains the only approved screening procedure for detecting breast cancer.

You should have an annual screening mammogram if you are 40 years or older with no symptoms. Send a mammogram reminder

Diagnostic Mammography 

A diagnostic mammogram is for women who:

  • Have a breast problem
  • Need follow-up breast care

When you have a diagnostic mammogram, two X-rays are usually taken of each breast, one top view and one side view. Sometimes additional X-rays are needed. A Radiologist views the X-rays before you leave the office.

A board-certified radiologist is on staff at all times to give an expert interpretation of the mammogram and to address the results personally with you if needed.

A diagnostic mammogram is covered by most health insurance companies, but you should call your insurance company prior to scheduling your appointment.

Breast Ultrasound

At the Upper Valley Medical Center, ultrasounds may be performed along with a diagnostic mammogram for follow-up to a known problem. Ultrasound may be the imaging study of choice for patients 29 years of age and younger.

We use ultrasound imaging of the breast to distinguish between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. We also use it to evaluate lumps that are hard to see on a mammogram.

Sometimes, ultrasound imaging is used along with other diagnostic procedures such as a biopsy. A biopsy is the removal of tissue with a needle for examination under a microscope to evaluate for signs of disease. 

Ultrasound is not used for routine breast cancer screenings without a mammogram because it does not consistently detect certain early signs of cancer such as microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast that cannot be felt but can be seen on a conventional mammogram). A cluster of microcalcifications may indicate that cancer is present.

Breast MRI

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast is a useful diagnostic tool for:
  • Detection and characterization of breast disease
  • Assessment of local extent of disease
  • Evaluation of treatment response
  • Guidance for biopsy and localization
  • Assessing abnormal areas seen on a mammogram
  • Evaluating extremely dense breast tissue
  • Evaluating breast implants for leaks or ruptures

MRI can also be used to screen certain women, such as young women at high risk for breast cancer. As with a breast ultrasound, MRI is a supplement to mammography and not a replacement for it.

Breast MRI should be taken of both breasts except for women with a history of mastectomy or when the MRI is being performed specifically to further evaluate or follow findings in one breast. MRI findings should be correlated with clinical history, physical examination results, and the results of mammography and any other prior breast imaging. Your doctor can review these pictures on a monitor, film or a CD.

Breast Biopsy

Most women who have an abnormal exam do not have breast cancer but have a benign breast problem. A breast biopsy is a procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined.

Image-Guided Biopsy – At Upper Valley Medical Center, if a breast imaging exam shows an area that needs to be biopsied, an image-guided needle biopsy is performed. During the image-guided biopsy, a needle is used to obtain a sample of the area in question. The incision is about a half-inch long. The tissue obtained with the needle is sent to the Pathology Lab for analysis.

Open Surgical Biopsy – An open surgical biopsy is usually done as a same-day procedure in an operating environment. The tissue of the area in question, as well as some adjacent tissue, is surgically removed. The incision is usually a little larger. The tissue obtained is sent to the Pathology Lab for analysis.

In both biopsies, the results are available to your physician usually within 72 hours.

PET/CT

PET/CT is a sophisticated test that allows physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer.  PET scans are useful for evaluating individuals AFTER breast cancer has been diagnosed. 

PET/CT is used in different ways:

  • To determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body
  • To assess whether metastatic breast cancer is responding to treatment

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is the latest technology in advanced breast imaging. It is a powerful tool for accurate and early detection. Our digital mammography gives a more accurate view of dense breasts and of the breasts in the women in the peri-menopausal population.

The Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), coordinated by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN), compared digital versus film mammography.

The findings showed:

  • Digital mammography was significantly better than film mammography in screening women who were under age 50, or women of any age who had very dense breasts.
  • Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.

Hours and Locations

We want to make it easy for you to access the breast diagnostics and imaging services of Upper Valley Medical Center. We are here to help you find the best care available for you. Find a location near you.

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Premier Health Library

The Premier Health Library offers a wealth of information about diagnostics and medical imaging. Learn about conditions, treatments, how to prepare for surgery, and much more.

These Upper Valley Medical Center locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Upper Valley Medical Center Diagnostics and Imaging
Upper Valley Medical Center Diagnostics and Imaging at Hyatt Center
Upper Valley Medical Center Diagnostics and Imaging at Outpatient Care Center North
Upper Valley Medical Center Diagnostics and Imaging at Outpatient Care Center South
Upper Valley Medical Center Diagnostics and Imaging at Versailles Center
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