Advancing Breast Imaging with Aurora Breast MRI
This cutting-edge machine is designed specifically to detect breast anomalies. Unlike whole-body MRI systems, the dedicated breast MRI is designed strictly for breast anatomy and requires no after-market modifications. The system offers superior quality and accurate breast cancer detection using Computer Aided Detection (CAD) along with integrated biopsy capabilities.
Who is a Good Candidate for a Breast MRI?
If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer or have a history of breast cancer in your family, you may benefit from this highly-advanced breast imaging system. You may also want to get a second opinion if you’ve undergone a traditional test such as a mammogram or ultrasound, as those tests are inconclusive.
If you have breast implants, dense breast tissue, or you’ve undergone a previous biopsy revealing ADH (Atypical ductal hyperplasia), or you’ve undergone radiation to the chest area for Hodgkin’s diseases, you may also be a good candidate for a breast MRI.
If you have submitted your DNA to a database like 23 and Me and determined that you are a BRCA mutation carrier or you’re a first degree relative of a BRCA carrier, a breast MRI can give you more conclusive results.
What is MRI?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a computerized system that makes use of a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the soft-tissues that comprise the human body. These images can be viewed from any angle and with extreme clarity. The system won’t expose you to radiation like traditional X-Rays and is vital for diagnosing breast health when used in conjunction with mammography and ultrasound.
MRI technology has been used by clinicians for over 30 years. The systems provide vital information to physicians to help in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease.
The technology has been used successfully in breast imaging and plays an important role in early diagnostic accuracy.
Why Choose Wellness Lubbock Dedication Breast MRI?
The Wellness Lubbock Breast MRI is the only FDA-approved, commercially-available MRI system that designed for 3D bilateral breast imaging.
With 3-D images of both breasts, we can accurately diagnose cancer throughout the chest wall and lymph nodes, providing comprehensive and highly-accurate early detection. Many of our patients also appreciate that the breast MRI does not require compression of the breast.
Our Aurora Breast MRI is also ideal for younger women and women with dense breast tissue (which is comprised of more glands than fat), who tend to be more difficult to diagnose using traditional tests like mammography.
If you have a risk of breast cancer, want a follow-up to an abnormal mammogram, or want to assess cancer recurrence, schedule an appointment today. A breast MRI can provide an early diagnosis, determine the extent of recently diagnosed cancer, and monitor cancer therapy, among other important uses. Ask Dr. Chou about a breast MRI today.
Digital Mammography for Breast Cancer Detection
Digital mammography uses Computer Aided Detection (CAD) to provide high-resolution and quality images. Unlike traditional mammograms that use film, digital image capture offers greater contrast and shortened exam times. The images can also be exchanged with other physicians without information loss.
If you are 40 years of age or older, we recommend an annual mammogram for breast cancer screening. We offer the latest technology in digital mammography and have experienced and caring staff standing by to care for you.
Bone Density Testing for Osteoporosis Detection
Bone density testing represents the single, most useful procedure in the diagnosis of osteopenia/osteoporosis and evaluation of fracture risk. The test is a measurement of the density of the minerals in your bones. The lower your bone density, the higher your risk of fracture.
Core Needle Breast Biopsy using Local Anesthesia
When a suspicious lesion is discovered using MRI, mammogram or ultrasound, a core needle breast biopsy offers an alternative to surgery for pain-free and highly-accurate evaluation. The test uses an image-guided system along with local anesthesia to provide a precise diagnosis while reducing the scar typically associated with breast biopsies. This type of breast biopsy is cost-effective and offers shortened procedure and recovery times.
This is a supplemental tool for breast cancer screening for women with dense breasts or uncertain mammogram results.
Early Detection Saves Lives
Annual mammograms are recommended beginning at age 40 and continuing for as long as the woman is in good health. A Clinical breast exam (CBE) is recommended every three years for women in their twenties and thirties as part of a periodic health exam. Then, a CBE is recommended every year for a woman 40 and over.
It is important that women know how their breasts normally feel and report any breast changes to their health care providers. Breast self-exams (BSE) is an option for women starting in their twenties.
Ask Dr. Chou at your next appointment how to perform a BSE or for accurate and early diagnosis of breast cancer using the latest breast cancer detection tests and techniques.