Diagnostic testing for breast problems is an invaluable way to find out what’s causing your symptoms, and it’s vital in the treatment of breast cancer. The team at Georgia Breast Care in Marietta and Woodstock, Georgia, uses advanced, state-of-the-art diagnostic technologies to ensure you receive the best possible treatment for your condition. Take advantage of their diagnostic expertise by calling Georgia Breast Care today or book an appointment using the online tool.
Diagnostic testing is used to confirm a suspected diagnosis or find out what’s causing particular symptoms when no cause is apparent after your initial consultation.
One of the main uses of diagnostic testing for breasts is to find out about breast lumps. Finding a lump in your breast is a frightening experience, but in most cases a breast lump isn’t cancerous.
However, because breast cancer is a serious condition that requires prompt treatment, finding out exactly what’s causing any lump is essential.
Some of the types of diagnostic testing carried out by the team at Georgia Breast Care include:
Mammograms are special breast X-rays. They’re used for breast screening as they can show small lumps in your breast as much as two years before you’d be able to feel the lump yourself.
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses radio waves and powerful magnetic fields to take pictures of the inside of your breast. A computer program combines the pictures to produce one highly detailed image.
Breast ultrasound is useful for patients whose breast tissue is particularly dense. The sound waves used in ultrasound technology are the safest form of diagnostic testing. That means breast ultrasound is a valuable alternative to mammograms and MRI scans if you can’t undergo these types of diagnostic tests because you’re pregnant, for example.
The team at Georgia Breast Care also uses the MarginProbe® system as one of its key diagnostic tools.
MarginProbe is an advanced form of diagnostic testing that uses electromagnetic waves. Your provider at Georgia Breast Care uses MarginProbe to test for cancerous tissues during lumpectomy procedures, helping to remove all of the cancerous tissue at one time and avoid unnecessary subsequent surgeries.
A lumpectomy is a surgical procedure for removing cancerous breast lumps. Ideally, during surgery, your provider would take out every trace of cancer so you wouldn’t need to undergo further surgery. Without MarginProbe, the surgeon has to use their judgment in removing the tumor and surrounding cells.
The area around the lump, called the margin, might contain cancer cells, so in the past, the tissue removed during the lumpectomy would go to the lab for analysis. If any cancer cells were found in the tissue of the margin, it means you would have to undergo another surgery to remove any that might be left.
Using MarginProbe, it takes around five minutes for your surgeon to test the margins during your lumpectomy to make sure every cancerous cell gets removed.
Accurate and timely diagnostic testing can make a significant difference to your treatments and outcomes and is an indispensable tool for addressing breast cancer. Call Georgia Breast Care today if you’re worried about any problems with your breasts, or book an appointment using the online tool.