The Breast Center at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System is the Lakeway Area’s only accredited Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Located within the Morristown Regional Diagnostic Center, the facility features a separate, “Women Only” waiting room to ensure the utmost privacy during your visit.
Digital 3D Mammography
Advancements in mammography screening technology have brought about the evolution of 3D mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis. With standard mammography – or 2D mammography – the detection of breast cancer can be made more difficult by the limites of the “flat” imagery. These limitations allow for some breast cancers to hide behind healthy tissue, while normal tissues, stacked on top of each other, may create a shadowy or cloudy image which can appear to be cancer. With 3D mammography, the images of the breast are taken in slices which present a more three-dimensional visual of the breast. The radiologist can see all around and between the breast tissues with greater clarity than ever before.
All-digital mammograms mean:
- Quicker mammograms, since there’s no need to wait for film images to be developed
- Images can be viewed instantly by the technologist and radiologist images can be easily transferred electronically with no loss of image quality
- Computer-assisted optimization helps radiologists detect micro-calcifications that might be missed on traditional film mammograms
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Once a mass is detected, often the next step is an ultrasound. Breast ultrasound is a procedure that may be used to determine whether a lump is a cyst (sac containing fluid) or a solid mass and can also be used to precisely locate the position of a known tumor.
Frequently asked Questions
How often should I be screened for Breast Cancer?
The American Cancer Society recommends the following cancer screening guidelines for most adults. Screening tests are used to find cancer before a person has any symptoms.
- Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so
- Women ages 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year
- Women ages 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening
- Screening should continue as long as a woman is in good health and is expected to live 10 years or longer
- All women should be familiar with the known benefits, limitations and potential harms linked to breast cancer screening
What if you find a lump?
You will have an instant physician consult with a diagnostic mammogram. A physician who specialized in Radiology is on staff at the Breast Center full-time. The physician will review your diagnostic test with you and offer immediate further testing when possible.
What is an R2 Checker System?
Physicians at Breast Center are increasing their fight against breast cancer with the R2’s Computer Aided Detection (CAD) system, the ImageChecker, assists radiologists by highlights areas that need a second look. It assists the radiologists in locating very hard to detect small abnormalities in mammograms. This Computer Aided Detection System is essentially like having a second set of eyes for reading mammograms.
What is a mammo pad?
Comfort is the key with a mammogram! Many women experience some degree of pain or discomfort during a mammogram. Early detection dramatically improves survival rates, so missing an annual exam could have devastating outcomes for women. That is why we are proud to provides the FDA-cleared foam cushion, called MammoPad®. The singleuse, adhesive-backed foam cushion attaches to the compression plates of the mammography device. It creates a softer, warmer mammogram and helps to relax the patient, often resulting in a better breast image.