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Breast cancer remains one of the leading causes of cancer death among women. Early detection remains the key to diagnosis and treatment.
The American Cancer Society, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) recommend that women should begin receiving an annual mammogram starting at 40 years old.
A mammogram is a radiologic procedure that is performed in an effort to detect changes within the breast tissue that could indicate breast cancer.
Digital mammography uses a special detector to capture and convert x-ray energy into a digital image.
It allows the radiologist to:
- Magnify the images
- Increase or decrease the contrast
- Invert the black and white values while reading the images
- Focus on areas of concern
Ochsner now also offers 3D Mammography at select locations.
3D Mammography is a technology we use in combination with digital mammography to find breast cancer earlier than ever before. Instead of viewing the tissue in a flat image, it allows us to examine it one millimeter at a time to see what digital mammograms don't allow us to see. Click here for more information.
Our Breast Imaging Radiologists have special interest in and years of experience with the diagnosis of breast disease.
A collaborative approach enables Ochsner to provide not only diagnostic images of the highest quality, but also easy access to all of the specialists involved in breast care. A full range of state-of-the-art breast imaging services are offered including:
- Full Field Digital Screening & Diagnostic Mammography
- Breast ultrasonography
- Outpatient Stereotactic & Ultrasound Core Needle biopsy, needle aspiration and cyst aspiration
- Needle localization and specimen radiography
- Magnetic resonance imaging of the breast
Liselotte Tansey Breast Center
The Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center at Ochsner was established to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to the detection and treatment of breast cancer. The Center is committed to providing women who experience breast problems with a swift diagnosis in a state-of-the-art facility staffed by a concerned, understanding and compassionate team of breast care specialists.
At the Center, both surgeons and radiologists are involved in the diagnosis of breast cancer. Working in close proximity, their diagnostic abilities are synergistic and efficient, offering together what neither could offer alone.
In addition, a surgeon, medical oncologist and radiation oncologist make up each treatment team. Working together, these specialists are able to decide on the treatment course that best meets the needs of each patient.