Personalized, compassionate breast screenings
Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital Breast Center - Mammography delivers advanced digital imaging options, including breast ultrasounds, mammograms, biopsies and other breast screenings for women. Getting regular screenings may help find breast cancer early, when it is most treatable. That’s why it is important for women to get a mammogram every year, beginning at age 40. We’re dedicated to delivering care for your breast health that is right for you.
Get the screening that is right for you
Care teams at Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital Breast Center - Mammography know that finding breast cancer early can help save lives. We follow the guidelines set forth by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the American Cancer Society (ACS).
- Clinical Breast Exam: Every 3 years, beginning at age 20; Annually, beginning at age 40
- Breast Self-Exam: Monthly, beginning at age 20 * (Unsure how? - visit www.cancer.org)
If your mother, sister, aunt or grandmother has been diagnosed with breast cancer, ask your doctor if you should have a breast screening test before the age of 40. After age 40, we recommend getting your mammogram every year.
Before you make your appointment, please make sure you have a mammogram referral from your doctor and bring it to your appointment. It is also helpful that you know your family health history.
At Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital Breast Center - Mammography, we provide comprehensive breast imaging, including:
- 3D Mammograms (Tomosynthesis): When used as a screening tool, this 3D imaging technology increases the overall detection of breast cancer and reduces the recall rate for screenings – which is a very important issue. Tomosynthesis is an imaging X-ray technique used for the early detection of breast cancer and can help find cancers in dense breast tissue.
- 2D Digital Mammograms: This low dose X-ray exam produces high-quality images. The digital image can be enhanced and magnified for optimal evaluation.
- Breast ultrasound: Uses sound waves to create images of the breast. These ultrasound images are referred to as sonograms. Breast ultrasound is a non-invasive test and can aid in diagnosing benign and malignant disease. For women with dense breast tissue, we offer automated breast ultrasound (ABUS) screening technology in addition to their annual mammogram.
- Bone density tests (DEXA scan): This is performed to evaluate patients to find and treat osteoporosis and to help prevent fractures that can lead to disability.
- 3D biopsy/stereotactic biopsy: This type of biopsy is used to aid in the pathological diagnosis of benign and malignant breast tissue cells. Using mammography technology, a radiologist uses two images of the breast tissue for the testing sample. A stereotactic breast biopsy can help doctors to analyze tissue samples to better understand the health of the breast.
- Ultrasound-guided biopsy: This uses sound waves to help locate a mass and remove a tissue sample for examination under a microscope. This procedure is less invasive than surgical biopsy, leaves little to no scarring and does not involve exposure to ionizing radiation. This type of biopsy aids in the pathological diagnosis of benign and malignant breast tissue cells.
- SmartCurve paddle: A curved compression surface that offers a more comfortable mammography patient experience without compromising image quality.
- SAVI SCOUT®: An innovative technology allowing our breast surgeons to more accurately pinpoint tumors before surgery.
- Same-day breast biopsy
- On-site radiology support
Providing breast care and breast cancer detection
Led by Dr. Julie Shultz, MD, our newly renovated Breast Center provides the most advanced digital imaging options, personalized for each patient. We are proud to be accredited by the American College of Radiology.