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Breast Cancer Diagnosis

If you find a lump or have suspicious findings on your mammogram, Kettering Cancer Care can help you find expert help quickly. With a full range of diagnostic services at our disposal, we're able to diagnosis breast cancer in its earliest stages when treatment is most successful. Diagnostic methods include:

Kettering Breast Evaluation Centers use a mammogram, essentially an X-ray of the breast, for both screening and diagnosis. Mammograms can help doctors to detect and evaluate breast changes. A diagnostic mammogram looks more closely at an area of concern and may include spot views or magnification views.

Sonography, also known as an ultrasound, uses sound waves to look inside a part of the body. Breast ultrasound does not replace mammograms, but is often used to evaluate breast problems that are found during a mammogram or physical exam. Some studies suggest that it is helpful in evaluating women who have dense breast tissue.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and magnets to make an image of the breast Before some MRI tests, gadolinium is injected into a vein to help show abnormal breast tissue more clearly.

A breast MRI may be used with a mammogram to evaluate women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer or to further evaluate a breast cancer that has already been diagnosed.

A biopsy is a procedure that takes a sample of a suspicious area for a pathologist to examine under a microscope. When conducting a biopsy, your doctor may employ a surgical biopsy, a core (large needle) biopsy or a fine needle aspiration biopsy. Biopsies can also be conducted on lymph nodes to determine if an enlarged node is cancerous.