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Women’s wellness is important and at Holmdel Imaging our caring staff uses the latest technology to provide comprehensive care from screening to diagnostic breast exams and biopsies.
In addition, every breast study performed at our locations is interpreted by sub-specialized breast radiologists. Their expertise and sole dedication to breast imaging means you can trust the results you receive.
Holmdel Imaging is dedicated to making women’s health convenient, which is why we offer extended weekend options.
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What is a Breast MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast — or breast MRI — is a test used to detect breast cancer and other abnormalities in the breast.
A breast MRI captures multiple pictures of your breast. These images are combined, using a computer, to generate detailed pictures. The test is usually performed when your doctor needs more information than a mammogram, ultrasound, or clinical breast exam can provide. In certain situations, such as when a woman has a very high risk of breast cancer, breast MRI may be used, along with mammography as a screening tool for detecting breast cancer.
Breast MRI exams are done bi-laterally (both breasts are scanned).
What is 3D Digital Mammography?
3D Digital Mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is a new screening and diagnostic tool for breast cancer screening. It converts images into thin 1 mm layer slices, building what is essentially a “three dimensional” mammogram. Radiologist are now able to see breast tissue one thin slice at a time, almost like turning the pages in a book. It reduces the need for patients to be called back for additional mammography images.
Mammography is the use of low dose X-rays to image the breast of both women and men. There are three different types of mammography:
- Baseline: It is the first time the patient has had a mammogram
- Screening: Mammograms that are done on female patients who have already had a baseline mammogram and are used to identify breast abnormalities in its early stages
- Diagnostic: The patient is experiencing some type of problem such as a lump or pain and is used as a problem solving tool.
*Mammography is the best way to screen for small undetectable lumps or a large group of micro calcifications.
What is Breast Density?
While dense breast tissue is perfectly normal – affecting approximately 40 percent of the population – breast density cannot be felt and it is not related to breast size or firmness. It can only be seen on a mammogram.
Breast tissue is considered dense if there is a lot of fibrous or glandular tissue and not much fat. Fibrous and glandular tissue looks white on a mammogram, as does a possible tumor. This makes it difficult to tell the difference between a tumor and dense breast tissue on a mammogram.
Women with dense breasts should consider talking with their doctor about additional screening exams such as Abbreviated breast MRI
What is ABUS?
Automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) Is a breast cancer screening tool specifically designed to help find cancers hidden in dense tissue, which may be missed by your annual mammography.
If you’ve been deemed having dense tissue, we will encourage an ABUS exam which is different than a mammogram.
During this procedure, a thin layer of lotion is applied to the breast, then a scanner is firmly position on the breast to acquire the images, the exam takes about 15 minutes and provides clear 3D ultrasound imaging.
What is Bone Densitometry ?
Bone Densitometry is the test used for osteoporosis evaluation. Sometimes referred to as a DEXA scan, it has become the gold standard for bone density measurement. The level of bone minerals is related to bone strength and the potential for bone fractures. Results from your test are compared with others of the same sex, age and similar ethnic background. As women get older their risk for developing osteoporosis increases.
In addition to breast exams, many women may also benefit from a screening bone density exam. Bone loss can be caused by inherent traits, lifestyle choices and by certain health conditions or medications that are taken. Learn more about bone density exams.
The decision to have a mammogram is a personal one and is dependent upon age, family history, the density of breast tissue, and discussion with your physician. Ultimately – it’s your decision – you do not need a recommendation from a physician for a screening mammogram. In terms of age, research clearly shows that annual mammography and breast cancer screen should start at age 40 and it is strongly correlated with significant improvement in survival rates of breast cancer.
Holmdel Imaging understands that the cost of a breast cancer screening exam can be a concern. Our rates for both insured and uninsured patients are substantially lower than the same exam performed at a hospital. We believe that price transparency is important so you can be prepared for your financial obligations, if any. Most insurers cover standard screening mammograms at no additional cost to the patient. If you elect to have a 3D mammogram for breast cancer screening rather than a standard digital exam, there may be an additional charge depending upon your insurance. To learn more about what your exam may cost, please click here.
The radiologist will review the Mammogram and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent directly to your provider. The report of your breast cancer screening is typically available to your provider within 24 hours. Many providers plan scheduled time to discuss results with their patients so you could check with their office to see when they will be available to review the information with you.