Watch the Today Show episode with Joan Lunden speaking with Dr. Calamari about mammography and the importance of knowing if you have dense breasts: Read more...
Recent News and Views
Today Show Episode with Joan Lunden and Dr. Calamari
19 Oct 2016
The Omnibus Bill means good news for mammography screening!
29 Dec 2015
As reported by The Society of Breast Imaging: The House and Senate passed legislation placing a two-year moratorium on the implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force 2015 draft recommendations on breast cancer screening. This legislation provides language to continue mandatory insurance coverage for mammography; and would direct insures to follow the Task Force’s 2002 guidance which recommended women 40 years and older undergo screening mammography every one to two years. The American College of Radiology applauded Congress for including access to imaging care protections in the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Read more...
Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound guided breast biopsy is a quick, non-surgical office procedure for obtaining tissue samples from suspicious breast abnormalities found on an ultrasound.
The minimally invasive procedure is performed with local anesthesia to the skin and deeper breast tissue. After the anesthetic is given, the physician makes a small incision in the breast. Multiple samples are taken from the biopsy site and sent to the pathologist to study. A tissue marker is frequently deployed into the biopsy site for future follow-up.
An Ultrasound Guided Breast Biopsy may be recommended if you have:
- A distortion or change in your breast tissue
- A suspicious solid mass
What to Expect:
After the procedure, steri-strips are placed on the tiny skin incision and aftercare instructions are given to the patient. The patient returns the next day for the physician to check the biopsy site and review the results of the test.
How to Prepare:
Although ultrasound guided breast biopsy is minimally invasive, there is a small risk of bleeding whenever a biopsy is performed. For this reason, if you are taking aspirin or other blood thinners, we ask that you stop taking them seven days before the procedure with your doctor’s approval. Please inform our staff if you have any history of bleeding disorders or are taking blood thinners.
For more information, please visit:
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)- http://www.radiologyinfo.org
American Cancer Society- http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp
American College of Radiology-http://www.acr.org