Albany Medical Center offers a comprehensive breast-imaging center with state-of-the-art imaging including:
A screening mammogram is a low dose X-ray of the breast used to detect breast changes in patients who have no symptoms. A radiologist, specially trained in mammography, will read the films.
Diagnostic mammography is designed for women with symptoms or to obtain further information after screening or as a recommendation for short-term follow-up by a radiologist. A diagnostic mammogram can be used to diagnose unusual breast changes, such as a lump, pain, nipple thickening or discharge, or a change in breast size or shape. This mammogram is obtained with focused view taken of the area of clinical concern.
At Albany Med, we use the MammoPad® during mammography to help ease the pain and discomfort that can sometimes come with a mammogram. This soft foam breast cushion is placed on the image detector providing a softer, more comfortable mammogram without compromising image quality.
3D Digital Mammography - Breast Tomosynthesis
Albany Medical Center is the first of only a handful of facilities in the nation with the first-ever FDA approved 3D digital mammography technology for breast cancer screening and diagnosis. This innovative 3D technology allows radiologists to have a more detailed image of inner breast tissue, vastly improving the accuracy of the screening and increasing odds that breast cancer will be detected earlier.
The technology, Hologic's Selenia Dimensions system, produces 3D digital breast tomosynthesis images to reveal the inner architecture of the breast without distortion caused by tissue shadowing or density. The technology allows physicians to see around overlapping breast tissue that might obscure pathology and improves their ability to distinguish between cancerous and noncancerous tissue.
Digital Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
The latest technology of breast MRI and MRI guided breast biopsy allows a digital stereotactic biopsy to be performed. Stereotactic breast biopsy enables the radiologist to perform a biopsy during the MRI more precisely and accurately making it possible to sample tissue from a suspected abnormality found on a mammogram without surgery. Since the majority of women with an abnormal mammogram do not have breast cancer, but rather one of several benign breast conditions, stereotactic breast biopsy spares most women the discomfort and scarring associated with a surgical breast biopsy.
Breast Biopsy with Needle Localization
Needle localization is used with mammography to ensure the abnormality or lesion of the breast tissue can be surgically sampled. It is typically used when the doctor cannot feel the mass of abnormal tissue.
The checker uses a computer system to identify and mark “region’s of interest” for the radiologist. This scanning technology enables our radiologists to get the most precise read of films.
A breast ultrasound can help to diagnose breast abnormalities and to characterize any abnormalities seen on a mammography or breast MRI. The ultrasound can help to determine if the abnormality is solid or fluid-filled or both. The ultrasound can also help show additional abnormal areas. Although mammography is the only screening tool for breast cancer, some breast lesions or abnormalities may be difficult to see on a mammogram, therefore, ultrasound or MRI can help supplement a mammography.