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Tower CareView Radiology-Northside Introduces Breast MRI & Comprehensive Breast Biopsy Services
7/18/2006

In response to our patient's and referring physicians' requests, we have added Breast MRI and Comprehensive Breast Biopsy services at our Tower CareView-Northside location.  The Breast MRI procedures are performed on a 1.5T MRI scanner to ensure the highest image quality.  The breast biopsies have the ability of being performed under MRI, Ultrasound, or X-Ray guidance.

  • MRI is defined as a non-invasive way of viewing organs, soft tissues, bone, and other internal body structures without the use of x-rays.  A breast MRI is a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.  This procedure should not replace mammography or ultrasound imaging.  Your referring physician may order a breast MRI for the following indications:
    • Evaluation of abnormalities detected by mammography;
    • Identification of early breast cancer;
    • Screening tool for women who have implants or scar tissue;
    • Determination of the integrity of breast implants;
    • To distinguish scar tissue from recurrent tumors;
    • Progression of chemotherapy;
    • Determination of how much cancer has spread further in the breast.
  • Mammography, ultrasound, and MRI do not always let the radiologist know whether a lump or abnormality is benign or cancerous.  In MR-guided breast biopsy, magnetic resonance imaging is used to assist the radiologist's instruments to the suspicious area.  Some benefits of this procedure include:
    • Less invasive than surgical biopsy;
    • Requires only a local anesthetic;
    • Leaves little or no scarring;
    • And, can be performed in less than 1 hour.
  • A very accurate procedure called ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, evaluates suspicious masses within the breast that are visible on ultrasound, whether or not they can be felt on a breast self-examination or clinical examination.  The benefits include:
    • Prevents the need to remove tissue surgically;
    • Eliminates the radiation exposure that comes from using x-rays to locate a mass;
    • Provides tissue samples that can show whether a breast lump is benign or malignant;
    • And, ultrasound-guided breast biopsy is able to evaluate lumps under the arm or near the chest wall.
  • Stereotactic biopsy or x-ray guided biopsy uses multiple coordinates to precisely determine the location of a tumor or nodule so that a tissue sample may be obtained.  A few benefits include:
    • A way to evaluate calcium deposits or tiny masses;
    • Generally painless procedure;
    • Results are as accurate as when a tissue sample is removed surgically;
    • Does not distort breast tissue and make it difficult to read future mammograms;
    • And, recovery time is brief.

Our team of Board Certified Radiologists who sub-specialize in Women's Imaging include Shelly P. Baumann, M.D., Stephen A. Stenzler, M.D., and Miguel H. Del Toro, M.D.  It is our mission to provide high quality, state-of-the-art diagnostic services that are professional, convenient, patient, and physician oriented.  If you would like to schedule either one of the above exams, please contact one of our bilingual scheduling agents at (813) 24-TOWER.

 

 



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