The Center for Breast Health offers women quality imaging services and advanced technology close to home for the convenience they need and deserve. Our digital mammography services capture clear images of the breast tissue on high-resolution computer monitors looking for any lesions or abnormalities. If additional imaging is needed, our radiologist can utilize breast ultrasound or breast MRI imaging to identify tiny lesions at the earliest stages of development. If cancer is suspected, radiologists and surgeons will review images to offer the most efficient biopsy to determine if cancer cells are present.
Conway Medical Center is the first facility in Horry County to offer 3D mammography. Three-dimensional mammography, also called digital breast tomosynthesis, is a revolutionary screening and diagnostic process in which multiple x-rays of the breast are taken at different angles which the computer then forms into a 3D image. This state-of-the-art technology allows our radiologists to view breast tissue as a whole or one layer at a time - discovering more details with greater clarity and accuracy. Early detection is the key to fighting breast cancer, and using 3D mammography technology is just another way CMC is bringing better health to life.
Digital mammography has been proven to improve breast cancer detection in many patients. Our digital mammography services include Computer Aided Detection (CAD), which captures clear images of the breast tissue on high-resolution computer monitors looking for any lesions or abnormalities - regardless of your breast size. This digital technology records and stores your breast tissue images so that when you return for your next mammogram, your doctor can compare the pictures side by side to pinpoint any differences. At the Breast Health Center, we have two digital mammography machines, which will enable our staff to arrange a prompt appointment at your convenience. CMC does not require a physician's order for a screening mammogram.
Hear Dr. Scott Mencken discuss CMC's digital mammography services offered.
Breast ultrasound is used in conjunction with mammograms when more detail is needed. This process is especially useful in identifying breast lesions as cysts or solid tumors.
Breast MRI uses Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to examine breast tissue without exposing patients to ionizing radiation. This process takes hundreds of images of the breast at many different angles and can successfully image dense breast tissue. In some cases, Breast MRI detects small lesions that can be missed my mammography or ultrasound imaging. Breast
MRI may be used in the following cases:
- Evaluation of patients with newly diagnosed breast cancer
- Screening of high risk patients
- Evaluation of saline/silicone implants
- Evaluation of response to neo-adjuvant chemotherapy
- Evaluation of post-operative breast cancer patients
- Advanced screening in conjunction with mammogram, breast ultrasound and clinical findings
- Evaluation for residual or recurrent disease
Cyst aspiration is a process that allows physicians to remove fluid from symptomatic cysts to relieve pain.
Image-Guided Breast Biopsy
Breast biopsies are performed when suspicious tissue is seen or felt to determine if the tissue is cancerous. An image-guided breast biopsy is a non-surgical procedure where a special automated needle is used to remove a small amount of tissue from the abnormal area. This tissue is then sent to a pathologist for evaluation. We offer ultrasound-guided breast biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
An ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses ultrasound imaging to locate breast abnormalities and guide the radiologist to the area to be biopsied. A sample of breast tissue in the area of concern is then removed with a needle.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
A stereotactic breast biopsy uses x-rays to locate breast abnormalities. This minimally-invasive procedure compresses the breast between two plates as X-rays (mammograms) are taken to produce stereo images — images of the same area from different angles — to determine the exact location for the biopsy. A sample of breast tissue in the area of concern is then removed.
Preoperative localization is important to optimize the surgical treatment of breast lesions. We offer needle localization and radioactive seed localization.
Needle Localization involves the placement of a skinny wire into the area of concern, which facilitates the surgical removal of the target lesion.
Radioactive Seed Localization
Radioactive Seed Localization (RSL) may be used on patients needing breast cancer surgery. In this process, a thin needle is used to place a tiny, low-energy radioactive seed directly on the cancerous lump to help surgeons precisely locate and remove breast tumors during a lumpectomy.
This procedure provides increased accuracy and more patient comfort as compared to the wire-location procedure (WLP). CMC is the first facility in the state of South Carolina to offer this procedure.