Our Imaging Services
Women's Imaging Services
Women's Imaging Services
Dakota Radiology offers patients and their families a comprehensive array of breast screening and diagnostic services to provide timely information and diagnosis. To ensure the best possible experience for our patients, we offer:
- Same-day results for diagnostic patients
- A relaxing and comfortable environment
- State-of-the-art technology
Our board-certified breast imaging radiologists and technologists provide these breast imaging services:
- Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
- Breast Biopsy
- Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
- Breast Ultrasound
- Breast MRI
- Preoperative Lesion Localization (before breast surgery)
- Cyst Aspirations
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)
Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, also known as 3D Mammography, is the latest in breast imaging technology. It creates a three-dimensional image of the breast, showing it in several ‘layers.’ By showing each layer separately, cancer is less likely to be obstructed from view by overlapping tissue.
Mammography is a critical component in the early detection of breast cancer. Screening mammography can help discover breast cancer even if there are no symptoms present. It can reveal changes in the breast before a patient or physician can identify them on an exam.
Dakota Radiology stands by the Society of Breast Imaging and American College of Radiology’s recommendations of screening mammograms beginning at age 40. We believe early detection is the best protection for finding and treating breast cancer in its early stages.
Studies have shown that 3D Mammography results in fewer callbacks and additional testing for patients. It also has shown higher cancer detection because the radiologist can view the breast in greater detail. 3D Mammography benefits all women regardless of age, breast density, or size.
The majority of insurance providers now cover 3D, but it may vary. Please check with your provider to find out exactly what’s covered under your plan before you make your appointment.
What is the difference between a screening and diagnostic mammogram?
Typically, a screening mammogram is routinely administered to detect breast cancer. However, if a patient has breast pain, a lump, or an abnormal screening mammogram, she will be called back for a diagnostic mammogram to take a closer look. A low percentage of these women will require a breast biopsy.
How should I prepare for my mammogram?
Describe any symptoms you may be experiencing with your technologist before your exam.
If your breasts are tender, it is recommended to take mild pain medication such as acetaminophen one hour before your exam.
Do not apply deodorant, lotion or talcum powder under your arms or on your chest before your exam as they may interfere with the quality and clarity of the images.
At Dakota Radiology, we perform three different types of breast biopsy: Ultrasound-guided, stereotactic, and MRI-guided. The type of biopsy performed is recommended by your radiologists for the best outcome.
Ultrasound-Guided Breast Biopsy
Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy uses sound waves to help locate an abnormality or lump and remove a small tissue sample for examination. If your last breast imaging test showed an abnormal area, the radiologist might recommend doing an Ultrasound-guided biopsy of the area.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy is the latest in breast biopsy technology. New technology allows for these biopsies to be performed in the upright position while the radiologist takes a small sample of tissue to further test for breast cancer. This biopsy is done with mammographic guidance for increased accuracy and precision. A stereotactic breast biopsy exam is less invasive than a surgical biopsy and leaves little or no scarring.
MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy
An MRI-guided biopsy is performed to further evaluate a lesion found on a breast MRI. It is not always possible to tell from certain imaging tests if an area of concern is benign or cancerous and therefore biopsy is necessary. During an MRI-guided breast biopsy, MRI imaging is used to help the radiologist guide the biopsy needle into the site of the abnormality. A tissue sample is removed for further examination of the abnormality.
Further instructions for preparation may be provided prior to your appointment. It is recommended, however, that you wear comfortable clothing and a well-fitting, supportive bra to your biopsy appointment. It is also recommended that you eat before your biopsy appointment.
Preoperative Lesion (localization before breast surgery)
After a needle breast biopsy, some lesions may require diagnostic or therapeutic surgical biopsy. This, in turn, requires accurate localization of the lesion for the breast surgeon. These localization procedures can be done under ultrasound, mammographic or MRI guidance. Patients can expect a long, thin wire to be advanced from the skin down to the area being removed. The remainder of the wire is then taped to the skin so the surgeon can follow the wire down to the lesion when in surgery.
A Breast Ductogram is performed to evaluate the cause of nipple discharge. It is a minimally invasive and mostly painless procedure.
Contrast is given during this procedure. Let your technologist or radiologist know if you have any allergies, have experienced allergic reactions to contrast in the past, or are pregnant or breast feeding.