Each year, approximately 200,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with breast cancer. Rutland Regional provides in one location the expert staff and effective technology needed to catch cancer in its earliest stages, when it is most easily treated.
Coordinated by an experienced breast health specialist, our diagnostic services include:
- Diagnostic Mammogram. This screening is performed by an Imaging Technologist and is more in depth than a screening mammogram. More X-rays are taken to view the breast from multiple angles and extra time is spent on suspicious areas.
- Breast Ultrasound. Sound waves are used to look at the breast’s internal structures and blood flow, as well as differentiate solid masses from fluid-filled cysts.
- Breast MRI. A magnetic field, radio waves and sophisticated computer imaging are used to produce detailed images of the breast, soft tissues, nearby bone and other body structures. These images help doctors determine the exact size and location of a tumor which is especially helpful in pre-surgical planning.
- Minimally Invasive Biopsy. A radiologist uses a needle to remove a small piece of breast tissue from the suspicious area. The tissue sample is then examined by a pathologist for signs of cancer. This procedure is also called a core biopsy. Fine needle aspirations can be performed by surgeons or radiologists, while excisional biopsies are performed by surgeons with a needle localization by the radiologists prior to surgery.
Because no woman with breast concerns should ever feel alone, our breast health nurse will accompany women to any of these tests, upon request.
Results for exams, in many cases, may be available the same day or within 24 hours. When additional exams or a specialist is needed, appointments and referrals are seamless, thanks to Rutland Regional's complete continuum of care.