With the latest, state-of-the-art digital mammography technology, Hurley Medical Center's mammography program is certified by the American College of Radiology and is in compliance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act of the federal government.
A mammogram is the process of imaging the breast and is an excellent tool in the detection and prevention of breast cancer. Women should have a mammogram after the age of 40, and a mammogram every year after the age of 50.
Mammotome (minimally invasive breast biopsy)
A mammotome is an outpatient breast biopsy procedure that is performed in less than an hour and allows women to return to their normal routine immediately afterwards. The procedure involves the insertion of a single probe directly into the area of the breast that appeared suspicious, based on a physical exam or a mammogram finding. The doctor guides the probe through the use of ultrasound or stereotactic imaging systems. Once inside, the mammotome gently vacuums, cuts and removes tissue for examination. After the procedure is complete, patients may return home or to work, leaving with only a small bandage that covers an incision about the size of the tip of a match.