Breast Imaging Breast imaging specialists use imaging modalities and procedures to diagnose and treat diseases and conditions of the breasts. Breast Imaging May be Used to Diagnose benign (non-cancerous) breast conditions like cysts or calcifications Diagnose malignant (cancerous) tumors Guide a needle during a breast biopsy Common Types of Breast Imaging Exams The breast imaging specialists at Radiology & Nuclear Medicine offer many types of exams and procedures in order to advance the breast health of the local community, including: Screening Mammogram Screening mammograms are used to screen for breast cancer as well as other breast abnormalities. Mammograms help to diagnose breast cancer in its earliest, and most treatable, stages. In general, a screening mammogram is recommended yearly beginning at age 40, but patients should always speak with their own physician first to determine their individual screening needs. 3D Mammogram Radiology & Nuclear Medicine offers 3D Mammography, which may be added on to a traditional mammogram to provide additional detailed views of the breast tissue. 3D mammography provides a clearer picture of breast tissue, which helps to improve accuracy and reduce false positives. Diagnostic Mammogram Diagnostic Mammograms are used to evaluate a specific area of breast tissue. A screening mammogram allows the radiologist to see all of the breast tissue from a few different angles, while a diagnostic mammogram provides a much more detailed look at a particular area of concern. Breast Ultrasound Breast Ultrasound is often used to determine whether a breast lump is solid or fluid-filled, and it may also be used as a supplemental breast cancer screening for certain patients. Breast ultrasound is pain-free and has no known risks. Breast Biopsy Breast Biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of breast tissue is removed and tested for the presence of cancer cells. Usually completed with ultrasound-guidance, the procedure allows for precise targeting of a specific area. Developed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA), RadiologyInfo.org provides more information about radiology tests, treatments and patient safety.