Breast Care Program
Breast care continues to be a top priority for Grand View Health. We screen more than 15,000 women annually, while aiming to prevent, diagnose and treat patients with breast conditions through a multidisciplinary approach. This approach combines enhanced patient education, aggressive treatment options, advanced technologies, comprehensive therapy services and supportive staff.
The Breast Care Program includes a variety of medical professionals, specifically trained to care for and improve your breast health. From a breast care navigator to a mammographer and breast surgeon, we are committed to building relationships to help women in our community stay healthy. Grand View has been designated as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which both aid in advancing our efforts to ensure patients receive the high quality care they deserve – close to home.
Advanced Breast Care Technologies
We offer advanced diagnostic imaging technologies to detect breast abnormalities in their early stage when cancers are most treatable, including the following:
Full-field digital mammography captures images of the breast in near-real time. When compared to traditional mammography, digital mammography provides superior clarity and offers better views of parts of the breast.
- 3D Mammography: Grand View Health now offers 3D mammography technology for breast cancer screenings. The FDA-approved GE SenoClaire Digital Breast Tomosynthesis System uses a 3D imaging technique with results proven superior to traditional 2D mammography. The 3D image provides greater visibility and a better understanding of breast tissue. The technique also offers improved detection of cancer, lower biopsy rates and a reduced need for follow-up imaging. GE’s SenoClaire system uses the lowest dose of radiation in the industry providing the highest level of patient care and comfort.
Contact Us: To schedule an appointment for a 2D or 3D mammogram, please call 215-453-4100.
Computer-Aided Detection (CAD)
In combination with digital mammography, we utilize computer-aided detection (CAD), sophisticated technology that brings suspicious areas on a mammogram to a radiologist’s attention. CAD excels at detecting slight changes that can lead to an early diagnosis and more effective treatment of breast cancer.
If a lump is found in your breast, your doctor may order an ultrasound. An ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic test that identifies a solid or fluid-filled mass. A breast ultrasound uses sound waves to create a computer image of the inside of the breast and detects breast changes that may not be seen on a mammogram.
A breast MRI is a problem-solving tool often used as a second step in making a diagnosis. This advanced non-invasive procedure uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to examine the breast. A breast MRI determines what the inside of the breast looks like on multiple levels without using surgery or flattening the breast like a mammogram. If you are not a candidate for a mammogram or are at high-risk for developing breast cancer, a breast MRI may be an appropriate option for you (please consult your doctor).
Stereotactic Biopsy/Ultrasound-Guided Biopsy
In the event that your mammogram indicates abnormal tissue (usually a mass or lesion) in your breast, a biopsy may be obtained for further study. Your surgeon may suggest traditional surgery, which is often used to obtain a large tissue sample for examination. However, in many instances, a less-invasive procedure called stereotactic biopsy or ultrasound-guided biopsy may be used.
Stereotactic biopsy involves using the mammogram machine to pass a hollow needle through the skin into the suspicious tissue. An ultrasound-guided biopsy involves using the ultrasound machine to pass a hollow needle through the skin into the suspicious tissue. A pathologist then examines the tissue to determine if it is malignant or benign so that treatment planning can begin, if needed. Minimally-invasive biopsies are generally faster and less painful than surgical removal of tissue and typically cause minimal scarring.
3D Breast Ultrasound
If you have dense breast tissue or a history of breast cancer, you may benefit from a 3-D breast ultrasound. Dense breast tissue can increase a woman’s risk for breast cancer. Ultrasound has a unique ability to distinguish between dense and fatty tissues. The Grand View Women’s Imaging Center located at the Sellersville Outpatient Center uses the Acuson S2000 ABVS, the world’s first multifunctional ultrasound breast scanner. This advanced technology produces accurate, 3-D images that can help detect breast cancer early, especially among women who have dense breast tissue.