Diagnosing Breast Cancer

Mammography has helped to reduce the rate of death from breast cancer by finding tumors earlier—when they are more likely to be cured. Women at increased risk for the disease may undergo additional imaging, such as breast ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), further enhancing the chance of detecting early-stage disease. New York-Presbyterian offers all screening and diagnostic breast imaging services—including routine screening as well as options for women at high risk—at a variety of locations.

The Full Suite of Breast Imaging Services

We offer digital mammography, three-dimensional mammography (tomosynthesis), breast ultrasound, and breast MRI. Digital mammography images are then transmitted electronically to a diagnostic facility, where our radiologists analyze them using a digital archive and viewing system that allows images to be electronically manipulated. This approach permits our physicians to magnify and evaluate subtle, but potentially significant changes.

Who Should Be Screened?

We recommend breast screening mammography annually for women age 40 and older who have no symptoms, and often at a younger age for women at increased risk for the disease. Diagnostic mammography is used to evaluate masses or other suspicious breast symptoms. Speak with your doctor to learn how often you should be screened, and when you should begin.

Prompt Results

If the findings of your breast imaging exam are positive, indicating an abnormality, we will let you know immediately. You will receive instructions about getting additional testing.

Breast Biopsy Techniques

For women whose imaging tests signal the need for a breast biopsy (to analyze breast tissue for abnormal cells), we provide stereotactic, ultrasound-guided, and MRI-guided biopsies on site. If (further surgery) additional surgical excision is needed, we offer traditional image guided needle-wire localizations, as well as the latest localizing techniques, including—Savi Scout fiducial marker and I-125 radioactive seed placements, to pinpoint the location of a lesion for surgical removal (to guide surgery).

Comprehensive Expertise

Our breast imaging radiologists and interventional radiologists have exceptional skill interpreting breast images and performing needle biopsies to evaluate suspicious lesions.

Convenient Locations

NewYork-Presbyterian offers breast imaging services at the Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Screening Center and the Herbert Irving Pavilion Cancer Center at NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center and the Iris Cantor Women's Health Center; NewYork-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital; and other NYP locations. All of our breast imaging centers offer services with your privacy and comfort in mind.

Recognized and Accredited

Our Breast Imaging Centers have earned the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence Award by The American College of Radiology and are fully accredited to provide mammography, breast ultrasound, stereotactic breast biopsy, ultrasound-guided biopsy, and breast MRI.

 

Contact

BREAST CENTER, NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/COLUMBIA

Breast Oncology: 212-305-5098

Breast Surgery: 212-305-9676

BREAST CENTER, NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/WEILL CORNELL

Breast Oncology: 646-962-9888

Breast Surgery: 646-962-4240, 646-962-5213

BREAST CENTER, NEWYORK-PRESBYTERIAN/Lower Manhattan Hospital

Breast Surgery: 646-962-5213