Breast Imaging and Cancer Prevention

Whether you're having a digital mammogram, ultrasound or breast MRI, we provide you and your physician with the newest generation technology for breast imaging as well as results provided by a dedicated, board-certified radiologist who specializes in breast imaging and will interpret your results as if their life depended on it, too.

Our highly trained technologists perform more than 100,000 mammograms and other breast imaging tests each year.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that one in eight women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. But statistics also show that, if detected early, breast cancer is highly curable. That's why your doctor has ordered breast imaging tests at Beaumont Hospitals for you.

Beaumont offers the most advanced, comprehensive breast imaging services at several convenient locations.

Breast Exams

Digital Mammogram

Beaumont offers digital mammograms, low-dose X-rays of the breast tissue. Once the exam is performed, the images are stored in an electronic format. This advanced technology allows radiologists to more easily enlarge or manipulate specific points of interest in the captured images. The images are then incorporated into Beaumont's electronic medical record system, helping radiologists to compare changes in images from exam to exam. Further, the images are scanned by computer aided detection software, which can highlight areas that may require a second look.

Mammograms are not invasive and performed for routine screening and diagnostic purposes. At Beaumont, routine screening exams follow the American Cancer Society's recommendation that women age 40 or older have an annual mammogram for the early detection of breast cancer. Diagnostic exams are more comprehensive and performed when a lump or other symptoms of breast disease is found; these exams may also be ordered if a potential issue is discovered during a screening mammogram.

Prepare for your mammography visit by downloading and filling out our Patient Information - Division of Breast Imaging form (PDF).

Ultrasound

Ultrasound technology helps radiologists to examine breast tissue with a safe, non-invasive method using sound waves emitted from a wand-like device. These tests are usually requested to clarify or gain more information about specific breast issues.

Breast MRI

Another tool used in addition to mammograms is the breast MRI. The MRI uses a powerful magnet to create diagnostic images of the breast. This non-invasive technology, available at the Royal Oak and Troy hospitals, is also excellent for examining breasts with implants.

Breast Results

Following exams, a radiologist will interpret the images and send a report to your physician; you can ask your physician when he or she will be able to share that report with you. You will also receive a letter detailing the results of your mammogram as well as any recommendations for follow-up care.

Biopsies

If an abnormality is discovered, Beaumont radiologists may perform minimally invasive biopsies that are guided by imaging technology. These simple procedures reduce discomfort, minimize scarring and shorten healing time compared with traditional open surgical biopsies.

Radiologists use advanced technology to locate specific lesions inside the breast. Ultrasound- or mammography-guided biopsies are performed at all three hospitals; breast MRI-guided procedures are available at all three hospitals as well. After locating the lesion and applying local anesthesia, the radiologist inserts a small needle to extract a sample of the lesion. The procedure takes about an hour. The sample is then examined by a pathologist; the pathologist will create a report that is sent to your physician.

High Risk Breast Program

Beaumont works with your physician to offer the latest methods of prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer. The High Risk Breast Program at the Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe hospitals provides patients with a high risk of developing breast cancer with a multi-disciplinary team of highly-trained, specialized physicians. Offering access to the latest medical and surgical treatment, including clinical trails, these specialists include breast imaging specialists, genetic counselors, senologists (physician specialists in benign breast disorders), breast surgeons, medical oncologists, plastic and reconstructive specialists and nurse practitioners.

Accreditation

All Beaumont diagnostic imaging centers are accredited by the American College of Radiology. Additionally, all three Beaumont hospitals, as well as the Beaumont medical centers in Lake Orion, Macomb Township, Rochester Hills, Warren and West Bloomfield, are designated by the American College of Radiology as Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence.