For patients who have a suspicious type of nipple discharge, we perform galactography to identify the possible cause. Contrast is injected into the duct producing the discharge and digital imaging is performed. We are able to perform image guided biopsies of abnormalities detected by this method and diagnose the cause of discharge.
For lesions that are found on biopsy to be at high risk for malignancy or for patients undergoing lumpectomy to treat an imaging-detected breast cancer, needle localization is performed. Prior to surgery, a wire is placed into the breast to indicate to the surgeon the area to be removed. This procedure is performed with stereotactic, tomosynthesis, MRI or sonographic guidance to precisely pinpoint the area of concern. The procedure is performed in our office the morning of the planned surgery.
Dexa Bone Densitometry
As our clinical understanding of osteoporosis has improved, bone density analysis has become an important part of patient care. The Institute provides state-of-the-art analysis of bone density. Results of bone density assessment, (including evaluation for fractures in the thoracolumbar spine), are given to the patient immediately. These results are sent to the referring physician promptly to initiate treatment if indicated. As a reminder, calcium supplements should not be taken for 24 hours prior to your study.