As a patient, you won’t notice too much of a difference between digital mammography and a conventional screening—in fact, they feel identical. But to a radiologist, there’s a huge difference. When reading the results of a digital mammogram, your radiologist is better able to manipulate the image to see through the breast more clearly—so, if there are calcifications, they can be enhanced or magnified, making it easier to determine if further examinations of the suspicious areas are needed. For you, this means shorter exam times, fewer return visits for additional imaging and, most importantly, earlier detection and a better chance of survival.
We’re proud to offer our patients two of the most advanced breast imaging technologies: 3D Digital Breast Tomosynthesis and Molecular Breast Imaging. Brand new 3D mammograms allow radiologists to see all the layers of breast tissue like never before—resulting in a 40% increase in invasive cancer detection. And, if there are any issues that need a closer look, we’re the first hospital in Connecticut with dual-head Molecular Breast Imaging, one of the most powerful new breast cancer detection tools available anywhere.
Middlesex Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center —and our Marlborough and Shoreline Medical Centers—are proud to offer digital mammography, latest technology in breast imaging. We provide all of our ultrasound, bone density, mammography and biopsy services in a private suite, and we have a dedicated staff who performs over 25,000 exams each year. Our wide range of imaging services includes:
- High-resolution 16- and 64- slice CT
- Positron emission tomography PET/CT
- Nuclear medicine
- Bone density
- Diagnostic radiology and fluoroscopy
- Breast MRI (used to complement mammography in high-risk patients)
When necessary to find out if a lesion is malignant or benign, stereotactic core biopsies are performed by our radiologists to “sample” the area of concern using ultrasound, mammography or MRI imaging guidance. For patients who require a wider area biopsy or lumpectomy, needle localizations will be performed in conjunction with surgeons at the Surgicenter.
To help keep patients’ stress levels at a minimum and place patients with positive test results in treatment as soon as possible, test results are usually available within 24-48 hours.
To make an appointment with one of our radiologists, please call (860) 358-2500.