Mammography Screening and Diagnostic
Imaging Services for Women

Dr Laura Kunberger M.D.
Body & Breast Imaging
Radiologist

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Having been in practice in Sarasota and Bradenton for nearly 20 years, I am the Director of Breast Imaging for Partners Imaging and Breast Diagnostic Center.

The majority of my work is spent looking for breast cancers. I have read thousands of breast screening and diagnostic cases and performed hundreds of minimally invasive breast biopsies when breast cancer was suspected.

At Partners Breast Diagnostic Center, we offer a full array of breast imaging and diagnostic services. This includes screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, and minimally invasive biopsies.

I recommend that women over the age of 40 have an annual screening mammogram. Annual screening with mammography plays a central part in the early detection of breast cancers , often identifying changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel them.

Women who have had breast cancer, and those who are at increased risk due to a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, should talk to their doctor about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and the need for other types of screening. Depending on your family history and other risk factors, additional imaging such as breast ultrasound or MRI may be right for you.

While mammography remains the starting point for all breast diagnostics, some women feel they cannot tolerate the compression needed for a mammogram. For those women, screening with breast MRI is an option. Breast MRI is also beneficial for women who have implants, to evaluate the integrity of the implants and to evaluate areas of the breast that may be obscured on mammography.

Breast MRI also plays a role in evaluating women who have very dense breasts on mammography, detecting more cancers when used in conjunction with mammography and breast ultrasound.

At Partners Breast Diagnostic Center, we offer low cost screening breast MRI . This scan has no compression, no radiation and is performed on the Aurora Breast MRI. The Aurora Breast MRI system is the only commercially available, FDA cleared, MRI system designed specifically for 3-D bilateral breast imaging.

For anyone who detects a lump in the breast, I recommend that you see your doctor and request a diagnostic workup at Partners Breast Diagnostic Center. This will usually include a diagnostic mammogram and breast ultrasound .

Remember, you have the right to choose where you want to be scanned and the out-of-pocket costs are often much higher at a hospital.

We accept all doctors prescriptions even if they are made out to a hospital or another imaging center. Simply call us at (941) 757-1044 or (941) 951-2100 for an appointment, and bring your script with you. Please note that a prescription is not needed for a screening mammogram.

Patients visit us when they are concerned about or have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Please click here for our contact and travel page

 

Need an alternative to traditional breast screening?

  • The Aurora Breast MRI. The only FDA cleared, dedicated breast MRI modality available at Partners Imaging Centers

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