Mammography, Breast Imaging
Mammography is a specific type of imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system for examination of the breasts. Pensacola Radiology Consultants has dedicated physicians who have over 30 combined years experience and extended training in this subspecialty. The radiologists of PRC offer screening and diagnostic mammograms, diagnostic ultrasound, breast MRI and therapeutic procedures such as image-guided cyst aspirations and biopsies, at the Ann Lewis Baroco Center for Womens Health on the campus of Sacred Heart Health System. PRC has the most current technology in digital mammography and film screen (analog) mammography, both of which are utilized for screening and diagnostic exams.
Most medical experts agree that successful treatment of breast cancer often is linked to early diagnosis. Mammography plays a central part in early detection of breast cancers, because it can often indicate abnormal changes in the breast up to two years before a patient or physician can feel any abnormality. Current guidelines from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Cancer Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend screening mammography every year for women, beginning at age 40. The National Cancer Institute (NCI) adds that women who have had breast cancer and those who are at increased risk due to a genetic history of breast cancer should seek expert medical advice about whether they should begin screening before age 40 and about the frequency of screening.
The physicians of PRC diagnosis breast disease with mammography and/or ultrasound. Screening mammograms are ordered by your doctor as a routine study, when you have no complaints or any clinical abnormality. If a finding or spot seems suspicious on the screening mammogram, the PRC radiologists will then recommend additional diagnostic breast images because initial mammography images are not always enough to determine the existence of benign or malignant disease.
Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate a patient with abnormal clinical findings, such as a breast lump or lumps and abnormal screening mammograms. The radiologist will analyze the images, describe any abnormalities, and suggest a likely diagnosis and course of action. PRC physicians will generate a report from the findings of the exam and then send this report to your referring physician. You will also be notified of the results. Occassionally, a therapeutic procedure may be recommended. Interventional procedures offered include cyst aspiration, stereotactic and ultrasound-guided biopsy, sentinel node injection, needle/wire localization prior to surgery, and ductograms.
The physicians of Pensacola Radiology Consultants are dedicated to providing our area with the most current and technologically advanced breast care, as well as to contribute to our community through breast health education with services that are FDA - approved and certified by MQSA ( Mammography Quality and Standards Act).