The Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center -- Louisa Kellam Center for Women's Health offers a full continuum of breast health screenings and diagnostic services including:
- Mammography (screening and diagnostic)
- Breast Ultrasound
- Needle Localization
- Cyst Aspiration
- Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
- Breast Specific Gamma Imaging
- Breast patient navigator
With early detection, breast cancer can be cured. The best way to improve your awareness is through a combination of regular breast exams and mammography.
We also provide health information resources, support groups and educational classes on a variety of breast health issues. For more information, please call: (623) 524-4000.
Mammography is the use of X-ray to create a picture of the breast. Long considered the standard for breast cancer screening, mammography is essential for a woman's health. The American Cancer Society guidelines recommend women begin mammograms at age 40 and repeat every year thereafter.
A breast ultrasound is a procedure that uses reflected sound waves to view and produce a picture of the internal structures of the breast. It shows all areas of the breast, including the area closest to the chest wall. Breast ultrasound does not use X-rays. An ultrasound generally does not replace the need for a mammogram; however, it is often used to further evaluate a problem seen on a mammogram.
A small amount of X-ray contrast is injected into the breast duct and specialized mammogram views are taken to evaluate abnormalities of the duct.
Pre-Operative Needle Localization
A procedure that uses very thin needles or guide wires to mark the location of an abnormal area of tissue so it can be surgically removed. The area in question can be localized using mammography or ultrasound. Needle localization is used when a surgeon cannot feel the abnormal tissue.
Ultrasound Guided Biopsy
This is a a minimally invasive approach to analyzing breast nodules and lesions. With this procedure, the radiologist gathers the tissue samples while the ultrasound is being performed. This procedure requires local anesthesia and no radiation and reduces the use of surgery.