Mammography and Breast Imaging

When it comes to early detection of breast cancer, we have been leading the way for decades. In fact, we are #1 in breast cancer detection in the Southeastern U.S.*

From 3D screening mammography to breast MRI and the latest diagnostic technology, our full range of breast imaging provide customized care for all women. Because each woman is different, with differing breast density and history, we offer a full range of breast imaging solutions. We offer same day results that eliminate potential weeks of worry, and, if anything unusual is detected, follow-up imaging can be done immediately.

*According to the National Mammography Database

 Mammography saves lives. The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society for Breast Imaging recommend an annual screening mammogram beginning at age 40, for women with an average risk of breast cancer. Women with dense breasts or family history may need to start mammography sooner and/or include supplemental imaging in their screening plan.

Screening Mammograms

Allow radiologists to find breast abnormalities even before they can be felt during a physical exam. Early detection of breast cancer has a 95% cure rate. Screening mammogram appointments do not require a physician’s referral and can be requested by calling 352-365-0777.

Diagnostic Mammograms

Used to evaluate a patient with abnormal symptoms such as a breast lump, nipple discharge or dense breast tissue that may have been noticed during an exam or screening mammogram.

Before:

Tell your doctor about any breast symptoms or problems, prior surgeries, hormone use, whether you have a family or personal history of breast cancer, and if there’s a possibility you are pregnant. You will be asked to obtain copies of your prior mammograms if at all possible. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose, comfortable clothing. Don’t wear deodorant, talcum powder or lotion under your arms or on your breasts as these may appear on the mammogram and interfere with correct diagnosis.

During:

You will feel pressure on your breast as it is squeezed by the compression paddle. Always remember compression allows the radiologist to view breast tissue more clearly for a better quality mammogram.

After:

After a radiologist analyzes the images, preliminary results will be given to you during your visit with us. A full report will then be sent to your referring physician.

Follow-up exams may be needed. Sometimes a follow-up exam is done because the radiologist is unable to get the complete diagnostic picture that they need due to breast density or other factors. In some cases, a potential abnormality needs further evaluation with additional views or a special imaging technique. A follow-up exam may also be done to see if there has been any change in an abnormality over time. Follow-up exams are fairly routine and are not cause for alarm.

Learn more about breast density and why additional imaging tests are sometimes recommended for women with dense breasts.

3D Mammography

Lake Medical Imaging offers state-of-the art 3D mammography in all of our offices. This test is recommended when it can help your physician obtain the images he or she needs to make a more confident diagnosis and determine the next steps in your care.

It is often used with women who have more dense breast tissue, as it helps clinicians see behind normal breast tissue where abnormalities could hide and between overlapping breast tissues.2d mammagram vs 3 d

SenoClaire Digital Breast Tomosynthesis provides physicians with clear 3D breast images in multiple slices so that they can view breast tissue in layers, look between overlapping tissue, and identify abnormalities.

It is one component of our technologies and services designed to help detect disease earlier, provide more confident diagnoses and create personalized treatment plans…for every woman.

Dense breast tissue is made up of glands and fibrous tissue and is an independent risk factor in and of itself for breast cancer. Fortunately, there are new technologies, such as contrast-enhanced mammography, breast MRI, and automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) that allow us to customize breast imaging according to the patient’s breast density so that even the tiniest cancer can be identified in its earliest, most treatable stage.