Digital mammography, ultrasound, and stereotactic breast biopsies are offered in the Women's Imaging Suite at Edward. This dedicated, outpatient diagnostic area was created to provide a private, just-for-women environment.
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Digital mammography Edward's state-of-the-art mammography technology uses low-dose radiation to screen for breast abnormalities. With digital mammography, mammograms are performed the same way as conventional mammograms, the difference is in how the image is acquired and read. Digital mammography uses less radiation than film and the images have extremely high contrast, so they're very detailed. And because they're on a computer, the images can be altered and magnified, and the radiologist can quickly pull up other images and compare them. The benefits of digital mammography also include faster image acquisition, shorter exam times, easier image storage, and ability to transmit images over a network.
Ultrasound Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to scan body tissues. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate and monitor the fetus during pregnancy. In other cases, ultrasound may be used to obtain additional views of suspicious breast tissue. Learn more about breast ultrasounds in our Health Library.
Stereotactic breast biopsy This procedure uses an X-ray to precisely position a needle to retrieve samples of suspicious breast tissue discovered on a mammogram. This procedure is performed on an outpatient basis in the women's imaging area on the Edward Hospital campus. If you are scheduled for a breast biopsy or breast lumpectomy, your doctor will schedule you for a breast localization to identify the exact location of the area of concern.