Breast procedures (Biopsy and others)
Breast imaging procedures in St. Louis
Any procedure related to the treatment of breast disease. Mammograms are performed with x-ray machines that are specially designed to image the breasts. While mammograms are the most useful tests for screening and finding breast cancer early, other imaging tests may be helpful in some cases, including MRI and ultrasound. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans use magnets and radio waves instead of x-rays to produce very detailed, cross-sectional pictures of the body. Breast MRI is mainly used for 2 purposes: 1) for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, to help measure the size of the cancer and to look for other tumors in the breast and 2) for certain women at high risk for breast cancer. Ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses sound waves to look inside a part of the body. A gel is put on the skin of the breast and a handheld instrument called a transducer is rubbed with gel and pressed against the skin. It emits sound waves and picks up the echoes as they bounce off body tissues. The echoes are converted by a comupter into a black and white image on a computer screen. This test is painless and does not expose you to radiation. Breast ultrasound is sometimes used to evaluate breast problems that are found during a screening or diagnostic mammogram or on physical exam.
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