Diagnosis & Screening

Screening

image of a digital mammogram

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. While most breast lumps are not cancerous, detecting a tumor early and acting quickly with professional examination and treatment may lead to better experiences and outcomes. At NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Cancer Center, we use the most accurate imaging tools to detect breast cancer, including digital and 3D mammography, breast ultrasound, and breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

To make an appointment for a mammogram or other breast imaging exam, call Women's Imaging at 718-780-5029.

National accreditation

Our breast imaging radiologists are exceptionally skilled at interpreting breast images. As an American College of Radiology Breast Diagnostic Imaging Center of, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital offers the most advanced breast imaging technologies available.

What is the difference between screening and diagnostic mammograms?

A screening mammogram is performed to look for breast cancer in a woman with no symptoms (such as feeling a lump). A diagnostic mammogram is done when a woman has symptoms or her screening mammogram has shown a suspicious area that requires closer examination. Our imaging center provides mammograms and other imaging tests for both types of situations.

When should I get a mammogram?

The American Cancer Society recommends that women at low risk for breast cancer start receiving a screening mammogram no later than the age of 45. Women with a higher risk of breast cancer are encouraged to be screened sooner. Speak with your healthcare provider to determine the age when you should start your screening and the frequency at which you should receive a mammogram, depending on your personal and family medical history.

Diagnosis

The latest diagnostic tools

When imaging tests suggest that your breast tissue should be further analyzed for abnormal cells, NewYork-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital Cancer Center offers stereotactic, ultrasound-guided, and MRI-guided biopsies on site.

To make an appointment for a breast biopsy, call Interventional Radiology at 718-780-5825.

Stereotactic breast biopsy

Stereotactic biopsy is a simple procedure that allows the doctor — an interventional radiologist — to remove a tiny section of breast tissue for analysis. This procedure is as reliable for diagnosing breast cancer as a more complicated surgical biopsy. A stereotactic biopsy is performed quickly, with local anesthesia. You do not need to be in the hospital, there is no scarring, and the results are available quickly.

Fine-needle aspiration biopsy of the breast

Fine-needle aspiration is similar to stereotactic biopsy, but is performed when cystic material in the breast has been found. Fine-needle aspiration is used to drain fluid from breast cysts or other lesions. Like stereotactic biopsy, it does not require hospitalization and the results are available quickly.

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