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Breast Imaging

Our services include:

  • Mammography (screening & diagnostic)
  • Tomosynthesis (3D mammography)
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Interventional procedures (needle biopsies and localizations)

Stereotactic mammography, ultrasound and MRI are used in biopsies and to determine extent of disease. This enables our surgical colleagues know what treatment options to offer patients.

Tomosynthesis (3D mammography)
Digital breast tomosynthesis or DBT is also called 3D mammography, which is a bit of a misnomer. It’s not a true 3D image but rather uses a 3D representation of the breast tissue.  DBT requires taking multiple tiny exposures of the breast from a sequence of angles to produce a composite set of images that can be viewed by paging through slices of the breast. DBT allows each layer of breast tissue to be examined independently and in far greater detail. It allows for earlier detection of malignancies.

Interpretive accuracy in mammography
Interpretive accuracy varies among radiologists especially with regard to mammography and no group in the St. Louis metropolitan area has more expertise in reading them than Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University. Each of our board-certified radiologists is fellowship trained with a specialization in breast imaging. Breast imaging is their total focus. We are also a high-volume practice and conduct approximately 30,000 annual breast exams annually. Radiologists from high volume practices specializing in breast imaging are more apt to be confident with their mammographic interpretations and their interpretations are more likely to be accurate.