Radiology refers to the science of using x-rays and various high-energy radiation methods to diagnose and treat a number of medical conditions. Medical imaging technology, on the other hand, is the process used to create images of the body for clinical purposes—including the various organs and associated functions.
When it comes to diagnosing and treating conditions of the breasts, there are several different imaging techniques available. Some of the most common breast imaging services include:
A mammogram is an x-ray examination in which the patient’s breasts are compressed between two plastic plates to help get a clear x-ray image of the interior tissues.
- Breast Needle Localization
During this procedure, a wire is inserted to mark the position of a breast abnormality. Breast needle localization is often used when the breast abnormality cannot be palpated and only appears on a mammogram. This procedure increases the surgeon’s ability to remove abnormal tissue while reducing the removal of any healthy tissue.
- Stereotactic Biopsy
During a stereotactic biopsy, a needle is used to extract tissue samples from a breast abnormality found during a mammogram. These procedures are performed under local anesthesia and guided by computer images.
- Ultrasound (or Sonogram)
This procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to create patterns of echoes within the breast tissue, ultimately evaluating breast masses that may be detected in a mammogram or physical examination.
- Galactogram (or Ductogram)
During this procedure, a small amount of dye is injected into the pore of the nipple to help identify abnormal nipple discharge.
Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our Breast Imaging Center offers a wide range of imaging services, including digital mammography, stereotactic & ultrasound guided breast biopsy, MRI services, diagnostic & interventional radiology rervices, nuclear medicine, and board certified radiologists.
Visit our website to learn more about your options, or schedule your annual mammogram today at (951) 276-7550.