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Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Jennersville Hospital provides helpful services to educate women on breast health, and encourage self-exams and routine screenings. We utilize highly sophisticated imaging technology that can detect breast cancer at the earliest stages, when treatment can be most effective. The combination of highly trained, caring technologists and the latest imaging technology allows us to deliver the highest quality of care.
A breast ultrasound is often used to further evaluate an abnormality found during a mammogram. Ultrasound allows doctors to see the area closest to the chest wall, which can be difficult to see using mammography. This technology also helps doctors determine whether a breast lump is filled with fluid (a cyst) or is a solid mass.
3D Digital Mammography
Mammography is an x-ray of the breasts used to screen for or diagnose breast cancer. Jennersville Hospital offers 3D digital imaging technology for mammograms. With digital technology, radiologists can zoom in on particular areas or change brightness or contrast for even greater visibility, and results can be read immediately. Three-dimensional mammography detects lesions that may be hidden in 2D mammograms due to breast density. This technology offers numerous benefits to women, including:
- Improved accuracy of screening exams, especially for women with dense breast tissue
- Reduced follow-up mammograms
- Superior image quality, reducing the need for repeat images
Along with mammography, breast MRI can be an effective diagnostic tool. Breast MRI is often used for women who are at greater risk of developing breast cancer or who have dense breast tissue or implants — cases in which mammography is less effective at detecting abnormalities. This technique offers a more comfortable experience for women, and is used to:
- Assess the extent of breast cancer
- Determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy during breast cancer treatment
- Further evaluate abnormalities that were found during a mammogram or clinical exam
- Provide additional detail for treatment planning
When a lump or abnormal area is detected during screening, a biopsy can determine whether cells are cancerous. Advanced imaging technology — such as MRI, mammography or ultrasound— can be combined with minimally invasive techniques to obtain tissue samples.
Jennersville Hospital offers digital stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies. Knowing that anxiety levels are high when faced with a biopsy, we also offer support and guidance from a specially trained breast care navigator.