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Our imaging experts give you the inside scoop on preparing for your screening.

American College of Radiology Accredited Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility

Comprehensive Breast Imaging Services

Routine screening mammography

For those who have no concerns or problems like a lump or unusual nipple discharge or pain, we offer 2D and 3D digital screening mammography. Benefits include:

  • Higher quality images than standard film mammography
  • 28% more accurate than film in premenopausal patients and those with dense breast tissue

Diagnostic mammography

Diagnostic mammography is used when a lump is found on breast exam, when a screening mammogram shows a suspicious area or when there’s a family history of breast cancer. 

We are proud to be the first in Kansas and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in the region to offer 3D diagnostic mammography. Benefits include:

  • Multiple high-definition images from various angles
  • All images composited into a three-dimensional image for more accurate interpretation
  • Overlapping tissue effect seen in 2D mammograms is eliminated
  • 50% reduction in the need for additional imaging or diagnostic procedures

Additional diagnostic imaging

Breast Imaging

We offer additional diagnostic imaging for further investigation into a breast abnormality found in a mammogram.

  • Ultrasound – used to determine if a suspicious area is fluid-filled or solid. If the area is solid, a biopsy can be used to rule out cancer.
  • ABUS, or Automated Breast Ultrasound – used to detect cancers hidden in dense breast tissue that may have been missed by mammography.
  • MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging – used when ultrasound did not definitively determine whether an abnormality found on a diagnostic mammogram is solid. 
  • Ductography/galactography – used when nipple discharge or an abnormality is found in breast ducts. Through a painless process, a contrast solution is inserted into the breast duct that contains the abnormality and a diagnostic mammogram is taken.

Breast biopsy

When it comes to breast biopsy, you have options. In addition to standard surgical biopsy, we offer a faster healing, minimally invasive, highly accurate procedure. Cells are gathered by image-guided needle biopsy using the latest imaging technology for accurate removal of cell tissue for testing. Image-guided options include:

  • Stereotactic-guided breast biopsy - this procedure uses X-rays to find cells that need to be removed and tested. It may prevent the need for an open (surgical) biopsy. 
  • Ultrasound-guided needle biopsy - a technique that uses sound waves to determine the placement of the needle for extracting fluid or solid cell tissue. 
  • MRI-guided needle biopsy - MRI guidance allows for a more accurate biopsy of MRI-detected abnormalities than stereotactic- or ultrasound-guided biopsies.

Learn more about breast biopsy methods.