WellStar West Georgia Medical Center has several different methods of identifying breast cancer within patients or other abnormalities.
Located at WellStar WGMC's Women's Health Center, Dr. Marissa Fiore is the health center's board-certified radiologist specializing in breast imaging, including screening mammography, diagnostic breast ultrasound and breast MRI.
WellStar WGMC's Women's Health Center is the leading choice in specialized imaging services. With Troup County's only digital mammography unit, patients can expect clearer, more precise images and reduced radiation over traditional methods, as well as shorter compression and scan times.
All our mammograms are reviewed by a breast imaging specialist.
Breast ultrasounds can be used following a mammogram or other physical exam in evaluating certain breast masses found during diagnostic screenings. A breast ultrasound can determine if certain suspicious areas are cysts or tumors without utilizing a needle or radiation.
A doctor may suggest a breast needle biopsy if a mass is found within someone's breast during regular diagnostic evaluations.
During a breast biopsy, a needle is used to remove a sample of cells from a growth or a small amount from the mass, about the size of a grain of rice. The removed sample then is looked at for evidence of breast cancer cells.
A biopsy follows a mass being located through MRI, digital mammogram or ultrasound.
WellStar WGMC has the only locally available breast MRI, the GE Optima 450w with GEM Suite. The new MRI provides a more comfortable experience for those being scanned, with table weight increased to 500 pounds, a 70 centimeter wide bore magnet and Silent Scan, a technology that removes the “knocking” sound present in other MRI machines.
Breast MRIs are used in the diagnosis and staging of breast cancer, as well as screening for certain patients.
The importance of breast MRI in early detection of breast cancer for high-risk patients has been widely discussed. According to the American Cancer Society, a breast MRI can be 71 to 100 percent accurate in the detection of breast cancer, with typical mammography yielding only 16 to 40 percent accuracy.
Along with a higher degree of accuracy, a breast MRI can discover additional tumors in a breast after the initial abnormal finding or discover tumors in the opposite breast when only one breast was suspected. The American Cancer Society recommends an annual breast MRI for high-risk patients who have known factors increasing their lifetime risk, about a 20 percent or greater chance of developing breast cancer.