Partnering with you for breast health
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Dallas Regional
Medical Center provides helpful services to educate women on breast health,
and encourage self-exams and routine screenings. We utilize highly sophisticated
imaging technology that can detect breast cancer at the earliest stages,
when treatment can be most effective. The combination of highly trained,
caring technologists and the latest imaging technology allows us to deliver
the highest quality of care.
Mammography is an X-ray exam of the breasts used to screen for or diagnose
breast cancer. Dallas Regional Medical Center offers state-of-the-art
digital imaging technology for mammograms. With digital technology, radiologists
can zoom in on particular areas or change brightness or contrast for even
greater visibility, and results can be read immediately. It offers numerous
benefits to women, including:
- Improved accuracy of screening exams, especially for women with dense breast tissue.
- Less radiation exposure.
- Superior image quality, reducing the need for repeat exams.
Along with mammography, breast MRI can be an effective diagnostic tool.
Breast MRI is often used for women who are at greater risk of developing
breast cancer or who have dense breast tissue or implants — cases
in which mammography is less effective at detecting abnormalities. This
technique offers a more comfortable experience for women, and is used to:
- Assess the extent of breast cancer.
- Determine the effectiveness of chemotherapy or radiation therapy during
breast cancer treatment.
- Further evaluate abnormalities that were found during a mammogram or clinical exam.
- Provide additional detail for treatment planning.
Breast ultrasound (sonography)
A breast ultrasound is often used to further evaluate an abnormality found
during a mammogram. Ultrasound allows doctors to see the area closest
to the chest wall, which can be difficult to see using mammography. This
technology also helps doctors determine whether a breast lump is filled
with fluid (a cyst) or is a solid mass.
When a lump or abnormal area is detected during screening, a biopsy can
determine whether cells are cancerous. Advanced imaging technology —
such as MRI, mammography or ultrasound— can be combined with minimally
invasive techniques to obtain tissue samples. Dallas Regional Medical
Center offers digital stereotactic biopsies, and women can choose to be
seated or lying down during the procedure for maximum comfort.
To schedule a mammogram or other screening exam, please call (214) 320-7776.