BREAST IMAGING – Mammography
9500 Kanis Rd Suite 201, Little Rock, AR 72205
Call For Appointment: 501.202.1922
The Breast Center is located in on the Baptist Hospital campus in the Hickingbotham Outpatient Center on the 2nd Floor. Need Directions?
The Breast Center was named “Center of Excellence” in 2014 by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Radiology Consultants physicians are board-certified Radiologists who are experts in the field of digital mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, and breast ultrasound (including ultrasound-guided breast biopsy).
Our Staff realizes that breast health is an increasingly important issue in women’s lives, and we are here to help in anyway we can.
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women in the United States, and is the second most common cancer in women in the U.S. Radiology Consultants is proud to offer both digital screening and diagnostic mammography for the detection of breast cancer.
The American Cancer Society Publishes New Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines
There is good news in the fight against breast cancer. Deaths from this disease continue to decline. Increased awareness and the potential of earlier detection through screening (such as annual mammograms) have resulted in improved management of the disease at its earliest and most treatable stage.
“The American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Radiology, and the American College of Surgeons have all continued to recommend screening mammograophy annually beginning at 40 years of age for an average risk woman. There are many studies, including a large Dutch study just released in the last couple of days, that show women who are screened for breast cancer survive longer than women who are not screened. Women who are screened are, on average, diagnosed with earlier stage cancers than those who are not screened. The lower the stage, the better the survival. The Unites States Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF) made the recommendation against screening women aged 40-49 based on a limited review of the literature on the efficacy of screening mammography. They also included a study that is widely regarded as poorly conducted and designed, with substandard mammogram quality, that is one of the few studies that shows no benefit to screening. The breast health care community including radiologists, surgeons, gynecologists and oncologists will continue to recommend screening annually beginning at age forty for average risk women based on a comprehensive review of the literature.” ~ Dr. Amanda Ferrell
Early detection of breast cancer, means earlier treatment of disease
Research proves that screening mammography can reduce number of deaths from breast cancer among women ages 40-74; especially those over age 50.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIGITAL AND FILM MAMMOGRAPHY
Simply stated, a mammogram is an x-ray picture of the breast. They work by sending x-rays through the breast tissue to obtain images. In a digital mammogram, x-rays are still used. But they are turned into electric signals stored directly in a computer allowing the recorded data to be enhanced, magnified or optimized for further evaluation. The system provides our Radiologic Physicians a second review when reading a mammogram on an electronic Mammagraph™ report, which calls attention to subtle changes in tissue that may indicate the presence of cancer.
Digital Mammography is the most accurate method of detecting breast cancer today, especially in women who are premenopausal, younger than 50 or who have dense breast tissue.
Women should follow a regimen of:
- monthly Self Breast Exam
- annual exams by their doctors
- annual screening mammograms after age 40
Deaths from breast cancer have decreased 30-40% since the introduction of annual screening mammograms began.
BENEFITS OF DIGITAL MAMMOGRAPHY
- Enhanced interpretation. Mammograms can be extremely difficult for Radiologic Physicians to interpret. Digital mammograms, though, are stored electronically. That means they can be analyzed by computers as well as by our Physicians.
- Image manipulation capabilities. Film mammogram images cannot be changed. Digital mammogram images can be manipulated digitally for better clarity and visibility. For instance, the contrast of the images can be changed where necessary to provide a clearer picture.
- Lower average radiation dosage. Digital mammograms may take more views of each breast than film mammograms. But they use approximately 25% less radiation than film mammograms. The dose is lower due to improved x-ray detection and processing algorithms.
- Easier second opinions. Since digital mammograms are stored in computers, they can easily be sent electronically to other health care professionals for analysis.
- Easier to store. Film mammograms produce bulky sets of films that must be stored and revisited for comparison in future tests. Digital mammogram results are stored on computers for ease of access and retrieval.
MAMMOGRAM SERVICES OFFERED
1. Screening Mammogram
Screen for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease
- Usually involve 2 x-ray images of each breast
- Used to detect possible tumors that cannot be felt
- Used to detect calcium deposits (microcalcifications) that sometimes indicate presence of breast cancer
Screening mammograms can also show that an area of abnormal tissue is probably not cancer. When this happens it is common to ask the woman to return to be re-checked, usually in 4 to 6 months.
2. Diagnostic Mammogram
- Screens for breast cancer after a lump or other signs/symptom of the disease is found
- Evaluates changes found during a screening mammogram
- View breast tissue when it is difficult to obtain a screening mammogram due to special circumstances, such as breast implants
Diagnostic mammography takes longer than screening mammography due to additional number of images needed to view breasts from different angles. Magnification images of suspicious area may also need to be performed.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR EXAM?
Before scheduling your exam, discuss any specific breast concerns you have with your breasts with your physician.
- Inform your doctor of any previous surgeries, hormone use, and family or personal history of breast cancer.
- Inform your doctor and/or the technologist if there is any possibility you may be pregnant.
- Do not wear antiperspirant, talcum powder, or lotion under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your exam.
- Describe any breast problems to your technologist.
- Because you will be removing your clothing from the waist up, it is a good idea to wear a two-piece outfit.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING PROCEDURE
- A Technologist will position your breast in the mammography unit.
- Your breast will be placed on a special platform and compressed with a paddle. Technologist will gradually compress your breast.
- You will be asked to hold very still.
- When completed, you will be asked to wait until the Technologist ensures the quality of your images.
WHO INTERPRETS RESULTS?
One of our Radiologic Physicians will analyze the images, and send a final report to your primary care or referring physician. Often the Radiologist can provide you with your results while you wait.
WHAT ABOUT PAYMENT?
Radiology Consultants will file all insurance as a courtesy to you. Depending on the Contractual Agreement with your Insurance Company, you may owe a co-payment and/or deductible at the time of service.
*Please bring your Insurance Card with you *
Please visit our BILLING PAGE for specific information on Insurance, Self-Pay, Motor Vehicle Accident, Cash, Debit or Major Credit Card payment options.
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Please notify the Radiologic Physician and/or Technologist if there is a possibility you are pregnant. Radiation is potentially harmful to a developing baby during pregnancy.