Imaging & Diagnostic Services
Managing your health doesn’t have to be a solitary journey. Our board-certified radiologists and advanced diagnostics tools are here to give you peace of mind about your body and your health. Through risk reduction, early detection and personalized treatment, OU Medicine’s Breast Health Network is helping keep you alive and well.
Some of our services include Hologic digital screening mammography, 3D mammograms (tomosynthesis), breast ultrasounds, non-surgical breast biopsy, genetic testing (BRCA1 and BRCA2), dedicated breast MRIs, DEXA bone density tests, a high-risk breast cancer screening program and breast cancer support groups.
3D Digital Mammography: Tomosynthesis
Breast tomosynthesis finds breast cancer at its earliest stage by producing a series of one-millimeter slices that can be viewed as a 3D reconstruction of the breast. By more accurately detecting cancers at an earlier stage, we can increase the chances of diagnosing the disease before it becomes life threatening.
Our facilities are the first in the state to offer this technology. Our Edmond location offers C-view, a new 3D imaging technology with the lowest dose of radiation in the market.
Available: Central | Edmond | Northwest
Screening is important, and the Breast Health Network provides state-of-the-art digital mammography with computer-assisted detection. Studies show that digital mammography improves detection of cancer in young women and in those with dense breast tissue.
During digital mammography, images of the breast are captured and displayed on a computer monitor rather than by X-ray film. This allows for the enhancement of image quality and magnification of specific areas of the breast. We utilize a computer-aided detection (CAD) system to discover tumors in their earliest stages. This system also can detect a significant number of additional cancers early on. If a mammogram indicates a concern, we will conduct additional testing, including biopsy, on the same day and provide results, typically within 24-48 hours.
Advantages over conventional mammography include easily stored and retrieved images, which provide for long-distance consultations; computer-aided image enhancements, which can allow radiologists to discern finer details; and improved accuracy, potentially resulting in fewer follow-up procedures.
Breast Health Network Edmond was one of the first FDA-certified mammography centers in the state to use this technology.
Available: All Locations
A breast MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to obtain a computer image of the breast. This specialized technology is a very sensitive method for breast cancer detection, implant evaluation and high-risk surveillance.
Available: Central | Edmond | Northwest
Ultrasound imaging of the breast is used to distinguish between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. It also is used to characterize the nature of solid masses. Most times, an ultrasound is used in conjunction with a diagnostic mammogram. Ultrasounds also are used for women with breast implants.
Ultrasound allows us to examine lumps in further detail if they are detected during a screening mammogram, clinical breast exam or breast self-exam. Our ultrasound equipment uses state-of-the-art high-frequency broadband equipment.
Available: All Locations
Non-Surgical Breast Biopsy
Several breast biopsy methods are available, including ultrasound, MRI-guided and stereotactic approaches using a vacuum-assisted biopsy device or basic core biopsy.
If you or your physician have discovered a suspicious lump in your breast, your physician may want a portion of that lump removed and tested to make certain it is free of disease – a procedure known as a biopsy. Published research indicates that more than 4 out of 5 lumps considered suspicious enough to require a biopsy are found to be free of malignancy when examined by a pathologist.
Ultrasound, MRI and Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
If the area being biopsied cannot be felt, this procedure can be performed using ultrasound, MRI or stereotactic (X-ray) techniques to guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site.
A galactogram is a test in which X-ray dye is injected into a breast duct prior to a mammogram. This allows the radiologist to see if there is an abnormality within the duct that may be causing discharge.
This procedure is also performed to identify a duct with an abnormality prior to its removal by your surgeon. Identifying the type of abnormality, the location and number of abnormalities, and their extent in the breast can be very helpful in aiding a surgeon in either removing as little tissue as necessary or in removing all the involved tissue associated with extensive abnormalities.
High-Risk Breast Cancer Assessment
Approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. If you believe your risk is greater than the average 12 percent, you can become more educated about your risk and options through our breast cancer risk assessment.
This complimentary service will help you determine your individual risk of developing breast cancer, and serves as another tool to empower you to make decisions about your breast health.
The process of risk assessment includes an interview with our one of our risk-assessment specialists, which focuses on family and personal history and filling out a family history of cancer form. Based on your level of risk, our specialist will make recommendations to ensure all of the screening tools are being used to your benefit. Genetic testing may be suggested, based on the information gathered during this assessment.
Patients who qualify for high risk screening will be placed in a risk-based surveillance program involving a combination of mammography, ultrasound, and/or MRI.
High-Risk Diagnostic Services
Pioneered by a Breast Health Network surgical oncologist, this is a minimally invasive procedure used to identify increased breast cancer risk by collecting cells from the breast to search for atypical cellular changes.
This procedure helps doctors see breast tumors at their earliest stage.
Osteoporosis/Bone Density Screening
Osteoporosis is one of the most common, yet poorly understood, diseases of middle and old age. The disease is a health threat for an estimated 44 million Americans, or 55 percent people 50 and older. In the U.S., 10 million individuals are estimated to already have the disease; of this number, 80 percent are women.
We offer osteoporosis screening using a technique called dual-energy X-ray absorpitometry (DEXA). This type of imaging technology uses a very low amount of X-ray energy to check bone density. DEXA scanning can identify low bone density in patients at an early stage, enabling doctors to prescribe appropriate treatment before the condition progresses.
Available: Edmond | Northwest | Southwest
The BRCA gene test is offered only to people who are likely to have an inherited mutation, based on personal or family history, or who have specific types of breast cancer. The BRCA gene test isn't routinely performed on women at average risk of breast and ovarian cancers.
Having a BRCA gene mutation is uncommon. Inherited BRCA gene mutations are responsible for about five percent of breast cancers and about 10 to 15 percent of ovarian cancers.
From a BRCA gene test, you learn whether you carry an inherited BRCA gene mutation and receive an estimate of your personal risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Genetic counseling is an important part of the BRCA gene test process.