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Digital Mammography

Digital Mammography at McLaren Flint

ACR sealSeleniaTM digital mammography from Hologic® has been added to the comprehensive diagnostic services dedicated to women and the early detection of breast cancer at the McLaren Imaging Center. SeleniaTM incorporates revolutionary imaging technology that provides incredibly sharp images. 

From the patient's point of view, a digital mammogram is like traditional film screen mammography. Both use x-ray to generate images of the breast. However, instead of using film to capture and record the image, a digital mammogram uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image. The resulting digital images are immediately available to the radiologist for diagnosis.

The radiologist can view and manipulate the images on high-resolution computer monitors that enhance visualization of the structures within the breast tissue. They can also adjust brightness and contrast, and zoom in on specific areas to help detect small calcifications, masses, and other changes that may be signs of early cancer. McLaren's goal is to provide the best possible care to women.

Because there is no waiting for film to be developed it can significantly reduce the time patients spend in the breast center, as well as reduce the need for repeat exams due to under or over exposure. Digital images are easily stored and transferred electronically, eliminating the dependency on one set of original films, which can be misfiled or lost in transit.

Mammotome (minimally invasive breast biopsy)-The Mammotome is an outpatient breast biopsy procedure that is performed in less than an hour and allows women to return to their normal routine immediately afterwards. They leave with only a small bandage that covers an incision about the size of a match head.

Procedures with the Mammotome involve the one-time insertion of a probe directly into the area of the breast that appeared suspicious, based on a physical exam or a mammogram finding. The doctor guides the probe through the use of ultrasound or stereotactic imaging systems. Once inside, the Mammotome gently vacuums, cuts and removes tissue for examination. 

ACR sealUltrasound guided breast biopsy-This is an outpatient breast biopsy similar to mammotome (minimally invasive breast biopsy) only done under ultrasound guidance. 

Wire Localization of the Breast-This is a diagnostic procedure in which a special needle and X-rays are used to identify the precise location of abnormal breast tissue for the purpose of performing a breast biopsy.