Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Mammograms can detect breast abnormalities before you can actually feel them.

There are different ways mammograms are used:

  • Screening mammograms are done on a regular basis, compared to your previous mammogram, and used to check for potential abnormalities.
  • diagnostic mammogram is done when you or your doctor detect a suspicious lump or other problem. Our patients receive diagnostic imaging and get their results the same day.

If an abnormal area shows up on your mammogram, you may need to have more X-rays. You also may need a biopsy.

A biopsy is the only way to tell for sure if cancer is present. In a biopsy, a sample of tissue can be taken for examination under a microscope to determine if there is any cancer present. Imaging techniques play an important role in biopsy. One type of needle biopsy, the stereotactic-guided biopsy, uses a computer and scanning devices to pinpoint the precise location of the abnormal area. A needle is then inserted into the breast and a tissue sample is obtained. All of these procedures are conducted at Trinity’s Images Mammography Center.