Types of Breast Exams
If there’s one thing we know about breast cancer, it’s that the earlier it’s detected and treated the greater the likelihood of patient survival. Our team of experts specialize in routine breast screenings as well as diagnostic imaging and procedures.
At the Anne C. Pappas Center for Breast Imaging at Rhode Island Hospital, your examination is performed by an experienced mammography and ultrasound technologist, and is interpreted by our board-certified, breast fellowship-trained, highly experienced, specialized radiologists. Our breast imaging teams will provide you with trusted breast health expertise and accuracy.
In addition to breast imaging, early detection and preventive measures also include monthly breast self-exams and scheduling regular breast exams and mammograms with your physician. Recommended early detection guidelines may vary depending on age and family history:
- Clinical breast examination completed every three years from ages 20-39, then every year thereafter
- Monthly breast self-examinations beginning at age 20
- Baseline mammogram by the age of 40
- Mammogram screening every one to two years depending on previous findings
- Mammogram every year for women 50 and older
Taking a personalized, multidisciplinary approach ensures that patients receive the highest level of expertise in breast cancer diagnosis, treatments, and support.
Different Types of Breast Imaging
- Digital Mammography: A mammogram is an x-ray of the breasts. All mammograms are fully digital. Learn more about digital mammography.
- Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3-D Mammography): The 3-D image shows multiple pictures of the inner structure of the breasts. Learn more about 3-D mammography.
- Breast Ultrasound: A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to image areas of concern. Learn more about breast ultrasounds.
- Breast MRI: A breast MRI is an advanced imaging technique used as a problem-solving tool and for supplemental screening. Learn more about breast MRI.
- Breast Needle Biopsy: A biopsy is performed to further examine an abnormality in breast tissue. Learn more about breast needle biopsy.
- Cryoablation: A cryoablation is used as an alternative to a surgery (lumpectomy) to teat primary, early-stage breast cancer. Learn more about cryoablation.
- Cyst or Fine Needle Aspiration: If a breast exam reveals a lump, cyst or abscess that is causing pain or discomfort, or if we need to confirm a lump is indeed a cyst, a cyst aspiration may be performed. Learn more about cyst aspiration.