Digital mammography, ultrasound, and stereotactic breast biopsies are offered in the Women's Imaging Suite at Edward, now located in Medical Office Building 1. This dedicated, outpatient diagnostic area was created to provide a private, just-for-women environment. The suite includes three 3D mammography units with one for screening and two for diagnostic testing, a new stereotactic biopsy room and two ultrasound rooms.
We now offer a Breast Biopsy Results Clinic so women can receive their bopsy results within a timely manner. The results clinic appointment can be recommended by your ordering provider. Edward Hospital has experienced Breast Care Nurses who are available to dicsusss breast biopsy results, provide informatioin, and assist with the next steps in care.
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3D mammography Edward is one of the few centers in the western suburbs to offers 3D mammography - the latest technology in detecting breast cancer. 3D mammography helps radiologists identify and characterize individual breast structures without the confusion of overlapping tissue.
During a 3D mammogram, multiple, low-dose images of the breast are acquired at different angles. These images are then used to produce a series of one-millimeter thick slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast.
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.