Breast Screening & Diagnosis

Early detection of breast conditions

Advanced Breast Screening and Assessment

Each person’s health needs are unique. At Anna Jaques Hospital, we believe your care should be personalized too. We provide tailored screenings and assessments based on your individual risk factors. We use software that calculates your lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. Based on your results, we’ll recommend either a screening or diagnostic exam.

What is the difference between screening and diagnostic exams?

Breast cancer screening tests and diagnostic tests serve different purposes.

  • Screening tests detect possible signs of breast cancer in patients who aren’t already showing symptoms.
  • Diagnostic tests examine the breast tissue more closely. They are usually done after a screening test shows abnormal results.
How soon will I get my results?

We know it can be scary to wait for test results. You’ll receive your imaging exam results within two business days of your appointment. You also can view your test results in our Patient Portal.

If your screening did not reveal any abnormalities, we’ll recommend future screenings. An abnormal mammogram does not always mean cancer. If needed, your breast health care team will provide you with a complete treatment plan within seven to 10 days after your initial diagnosis.

What screening exams are available?

We offer state-of-the-art 3D mammography for all our patients. 3D mammography is the most advanced technology for breast screenings. It offers the most accurate results and reduces the need for breast biopsies.

What diagnostic exams are available?

Anna Jaques Hospital offers state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic technology for breast cancer detection:

  • 3D-guided breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses X-ray imaging to help physicians take tissue samples from abnormalities in the breast. This technology allows for needle biopsy of lesions that would have previously either not been possible or would have required open surgical biopsy.
  • 3D whole breast ultrasound takes three-dimensional pictures of the entire breast. It supplements mammograms in women who have a high risk for breast cancer. It is also beneficial for women who have dense breasts. Dense breast tissue requires advanced imaging capabilities to get a clear picture.
  • Breast MRI produces incredibly sharp images that allow health care providers to detect very small cancers in women at high risk for breast cancer.
  • Minimally invasive breast biopsy, guided by ultrasound or MRI, removes a small sample of tissue if an abnormality is detected. The sample is then tested to determine if it is benign or cancerous.

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Types of Breast Conditions We Treat

At Anna Jaques, you have access to treatments for a wide range of breast conditions.
  • Benign (non-cancerous) breast tumors
  • Breast abnormalities
  • Breast calcifications
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast discharge
  • Breast infections, including mastitis
  • Cysts
  • Duct ectasia
  • Family history of breast or ovarian cancer
  • Fat necrosis
  • Fibroadenomas
  • Fibrocystic changes

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