The Early Detection Difference
Early detection can make all the difference. That’s why the Breast Center at Saint Agnes provides comprehensive support and breast health education to help you stay ahead in the fight against breast disease.
More importantly, we employ the latest, state-of-the-art procedures and equipment to look for breast disease. We use digital mammography, ultrasound, MRI, as well as other minimally invasive biopsy procedures. Saint Agnes Hospital is among the first hospitals in Maryland to perform stereotactic breast biopsies, which use mammography to minimize the biopsy area.
Getting regular screening mammograms is one of the most important steps a woman can take, as catching cancer early can lead to better outcomes. Saint Agnes Hospital offers two locations on campus to get your regular mammograms: Diagnostic Imaging in the Breast Center or Seton Imaging conveniently located in our campus.
If the results of your mammogram are abnormal your doctor will want to take a closer look, and you may be asked to schedule additional imaging studies which are conveniently available on the Hospital campus. Our screening experts will provide quick notification once the results are in so you can take the next step to breast health. If diagnosed with a malignancy, your Breast Nurse Coordinator will help you transition to expert care with the Breast Team in the Cancer Institute at Saint Agnes.
This state of the art technology provides a crystal clear, digital x-ray image of the breast. This allows the image to be viewed in a much more dynamic way as opposed to a regular mammography image.
Ultrasound technology utilizes sound waves fed into a computer to create an image. Tumors reflect sound waves differently that normal body tissues making an ultra sound an effective way to determine a tumor.
(magnetic resonance imaging) An MRI is different than an x-ray or CT scan in that it utilizes radio waves and magnets to create an image. This technology also requires that a dye be used and the imaging process lasts approximately an hour. Diagnostic MRI’s are typically administered after the detection n of Breast Cancer. Screening MRI’s are offered for women at high risk of breast cancer.
(positron emission tomography) Before undergoing a PET scan you must ingest a dye containing a type of sugar. Cancer cells require more sugar than normal cells. These studies are available if necessary.
Minimally Invasive Biopsy –
Most breast mass biopsies can be performed with the use of a needle as opposed to open surgery. This needle allows our surgeons and our radiologists extract material from the mass without the risk of a surgical procedure. This standard of care decreases pain, discomfort and down time. Most patients return to normal activities within 24 hours
Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy
Saint Agnes is proud to be one of the few Breast Centers in Maryland to offer this procedure. A sentinel lymph node is the first lymph node(s) to which cancer cells are most likely to spread from a primary tumor. A sentinel lymph node biopsy (SLNB) can be used to help determine the extent, or stage, of cancer in the body. Because SLNBs involve less extensive surgery and the removal of fewer lymph nodes than standard lymph node surgery, the potential for adverse effects, or harms, is lower.
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A Survivor’s Story
Sue McCLure was siagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 47. Today she is a survivor. Watch her story.
Dr. Diana Griffiths, Medical Director of the Breast Center at Saint Agnes Hospital, discusses the unique care and compassion that is shown to Breast Cancer patients at Saint Agnes Hospital.
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