When there is an area of concern on a screening mammogram that needs a closer look, you will be asked to come for a diagnostic mammogram. Usually the area of concern can be cleared up with some additional mammographic images and often with an ultrasound of the breast. Diagnostic mammography is also used to evaluate abnormal clinical findings such as a breast lump or pain, or nipple discharge (CUT) and to follow women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.
Breast Diagnostics are performed at both of our Partners Imaging Women’s Centers. Both centers have a private women’s area within each center to provide women with a relaxing but professional environment and to make the diagnostic experience as comfortable as possible. It is operated by female technicians, office staff and a registered nurse (RN), with our breast imaging specialist on site.
In 2013, the Partners Imaging was named an American College of Radiology (ACR) Breast Center of Excellence. This title is only awarded to centers that provide full breast diagnostic services and reach the highest standards of care available.
We offer screening and diagnostic mammography, breast ultrasound, breast MRI, breast biopsies (using ultrasound, MRI and Stereotactic) and cyst aspirations at the center.
In October 2017, Partners Imaging Women’s Centers in Bradenton purchased a new wide bore MRI which is ideal for large or claustrophobic women. It is provided with the latest breast coil for women.
Our center is Sarasota has the most powerful commercial MRI available with 3T strength. This MRI is provided with a 16 channel breast coil for the highest level of imaging resolution.
All breast MRI images are processed through the DynaCad breast post processing CAD system. DynaCad is the leading software vendor in this space and provided enhancements for the radiologist to ensure the most accurate interpretation.
When you need an MRI of the breast, insist on having it performed at Partners Imaging Women’s Centers. Most insurances will pay for this scan, however, for those patients that don’t have insurance or high deductibles, we can offer a self-pay rate. Please contact us for more details.
The primary use of breast ultrasound is to help diagnose breast abnormalities detected by a physician during a physical exam (such as a lump or bloody or spontaneous clear nipple discharge) and to characterize potential abnormalities seen on mammography or breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Ultrasound imaging can help to determine if an abnormality is solid (which may be a non-cancerous lump of tissue or a cancerous tumor) or fluid-filled (such as a benign cyst) or both cystic and solid.
If you have any questions about any of these diagnostic procedures, simply fill in the box to your left and click the button ‘Send Message’. Or you are welcome to call us at (941) 951-2100 or (941) 782-0414 and ask to speak to our Registered Nurse.
In most cases, findings on a screening mammogram turn out to be negative so you should not be too concerned if you are asked to visit our breast center. If something is found, at least you know you have come to the right place so that the correct treatment can begin.