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Lake Charles Breast Diagnostics

Advanced Breast Screening Technology

Our breast cancer diagnostic professionals use the most advanced tests to determine the specifics of the type of cancer to determine therapy and treatment protocols that are the best course of action.

3D Mammography

Mammograms can find small tumors or irregularities in the breast. The latest 3D mammography
provides more accurate breast cancer screenings for dense and non-dense breasts. A Genius™
3D exam allows the doctor to view each layer of the breast like the pages of a book with fine details more visible and no longer hidden by tissue above or below. Based on the American College of Radiology guidelines, mammograms are recommended annually for:
1. Asymptomatic women age 40 and older who are at average risk for breast cancer.
2. Asymptomatic women under age 40 who are at increased risk for breast cancer.

  • Woman with known mutation or genetic syndrome with increased breast cancer risk: yearly starting by age 30, but not before age 25
  • Untested woman with a first-degree relative with known BRCA mutation: yearly starting by age 30, but not before age 25
  • Woman with a 20% or greater lifetime risk for breast cancer based on breast cancer risk models: yearly starting by age 30, but not before age 25, or 10 years earlier than the age at which the youngest first-degree relative was diagnosed, whichever is later
  • Woman with a history of chest (mantle) radiation received between the ages of 10 and 30: yearly starting 8 years after the radiation therapy, but not before age 25
  • Woman with biopsy-proven lobular neoplasia, atypical ductal hyperplasia (ADH), ductal carcinoma, yearly
  • In-situ (DCIS), invasive breast cancer, or ovarian cancer: yearly from time of diagnosis,regardless of age

3. There is no defined upper age limit at which mammography may not be beneficial. Screening
with mammography should be considered as long as the patient is in good health and is willing
to undergo additional testing, including biopsy, if an abnormality is detected.

High Resolution Sonography

Sonography is an imaging method that uses sound waves to look inside a part of the body. In
the most common version of this test, a small, microphone-like instrument called a transducer is
placed on the skin, emits sound waves and picks up the echoes as they bounce off body tissues.
The echoes are converted into an image on a computer screen. A sonogram helps distinguish
normal findings like cysts or fat lobules from suspicious breast changes that need biopsy.

3D Magnetic Resonance Imaging

3D magnetic resonance imaging of the breast provides excellent information about lesions, normal and malignant tissues. An MRI uses magnetic fields, not x-rays, to produce detailed images of the body. A contrast medium (a special dye) is injected into a patient’s vein or given orally (by mouth) to create a clearer picture of the breast. A breast MRI may be used once a woman has been diagnosed with cancer to check the other breast for cancer or to find out how much the disease has grown throughout the breast.

Image-guided Stereotactic Biopsy

This procedure removes several large cores of sample tissue. Local anesthesia is used to reduce
discomfort. This biopsy is done when a distinct lump can’t be felt, but an abnormality is seen
with an imaging test, such as on a mammogram. During this procedure, a needle is guided to the best location with the help of 3D stereotactic imaging technology. A small metal clip may be put into the breast to mark where the biopsy sample was taken in case the tissue is cancerous and more surgery is needed. An image-guided biopsy can be done using a fine needle, core needle, or vacuum-assisted biopsy, depending on the amount of tissue that needs to be removed.

Surgical biopsy removes the largest amount of tissue. A surgical biopsy may be incisional (removes part of the lump) or excisional (removes the entire lump). Most often, non-surgical core biopsies are recommended to diagnose breast cancer. This means that only one surgical procedure is needed to remove the tumor and to take samples of the lymph nodes.
A pathologist studies the removed tissue and can tell which area of the breast the cancer started
in (ductal or lobular), whether the tumor has spread outside this area (invasive or in situ), and how different the cancer cells look from healthy breast cells (the grade). If the tumor was removed, the margins (edges of the tumor) will also be examined to see if cancer cells are present and to measure their distance from the tumor. Laboratory tests on the tumor sample help identify specific genes, proteins, and other factors unique to the tumor and determine the most effective treatment options.

Genetic & Molecular Testing

Genetic and molecular tests have the potential to not only provide patients with personalized
diagnostic information, but also allow for specifically tailored treatment plans, thus limiting
resistance and toxicity. They also supply prognostic information about cancer in its early stages,
thereby determining whether aggressive, early management is necessary.

View our comprehensive Breast Health Brochure here.

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