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Breast imaging and exams

  • Understanding the signs, symptoms and risk factors for breast cancer is important to overall breast health awareness. Mammography and clinical breast examination are the basic screening tools for early detection of breast cancer. In addition, women may also choose to do breast self-examination as another tool. Ultrasound, MRI and image-guided biopsies may also play a role in detecting and evaluating a wide range of breast conditions.

    Screening and diagnostic services

    • high-quality, low dose digital mammography
    • 3-D mammography (tomosynthesis)
    • ultrasound (sonography)
    • ultrasound-guided cyst aspiration
    • ductography
    • image-guided biopsies using ultrasound or stereotactic techniques
    • MRI or MRI-guided biopsies of the breast
    • wire localizations and seed localizations
    • bone mineral density analysis (DEXA scan) 

    Treatment options

    If you have a diagnosis of breast cancer, an individualized plan will be developed between you and your physician. After a detailed evaluation of your medical concern and a discussion of your personal issues and preferences, the team made up of your physician, the clinic nurses and a cancer care coordinator will recommend treatment options.

    Patients seeking treatment at the Piper Breast Center® also have access to cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema services, genetic counseling, clinical research studies and complementary therapies.

    Education and support

    Piper Breast Center staff can provide and connect you with the following materials and services:

    • access to informational videos, books, brochures and web information on breast health
    • instruction on breast self-examination
    • breast cancer seminars and support groups
    • help in obtaining breast forms, prostheses and wigs
    • rehabilitation and exercise after breast surgery
    • one-to-one visits with individuals who have had breast cancer

    Nationally recognized

    Piper Breast Center® is designated a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

    Piper Breast Center® is the first in Minnesota to be accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

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