Breast cancer screening services in Plantation
Our Women's Diagnostic Center offers advanced screening services for women in west Broward County to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
To schedule a mammogram or learn more about our breast health services, please use our Consult-A-Nurse® line at (954) 370-5585.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women in the U.S., according to the American Cancer Society.
Research from the National Cancer Institute shows the rates of breast cancer diagnoses have remained relatively stable, while breast cancer death rates in women have decreased. These decreases are attributed to earlier breast cancer detection through screening and improved treatments, developed from increased research.
The breast specialists in our breast care center provide vital diagnostic breast health screenings in a warm and serene atmosphere. We understand a breast cancer diagnosis can be frightening—should you need treatment for cancer, you can trust the experienced oncologists at Westside Regional to provide compassionate, expert cancer care.
Breast imaging services
Breast cancer can sometimes be detected after symptoms appear, but many women with breast cancer exhibit no symptoms at all. This is why early detection and early treatment are the most important and effective tools to fight and survive this cancer.
We offer a variety of women's health screening exams, performed using advanced diagnostic imaging technology:
- Digital mammography
- Breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Breast ultrasound
- Bone density testing
- 3-D Mammography
- 3-D Tomosynthesis
In digital mammography, images are displayed on a high-resolution monitor with advanced software that enhances and magnifies the images for optimal evaluation and interpretation by our expert radiologists.
Advantages include a reduction in the amount of time spent in compression and a reduced average radiation dose. In a matter of seconds, images can be viewed to ensure adequate quality assurance before you leave the room.
The American Cancer Society recommends for women 45 to 54 years old get mammograms every year, and women 55 years old and older are able to switch to getting mammograms every other year.
Talk to your doctor about the right screening schedule for you. If you are at high risk for breast cancer, you will likely need to have mammograms at an earlier age.
Tomosynthesis (3D mammography)
Tomosynthesis, also known as Tomo or 3D, is an advanced type of mammogram that uses the same x-ray technology as standard 2D mammograms. In 3D exams, the camera moves in an arc over the breasts, taking images from various angles. This type of exam provides images of the breast in layers, making it easier to find abnormalities. For many breast cancer patients, early detection is an integral part of their treatment. Westside Regional offers advanced screening services for women, including 3-D Mammography, to help detect breast cancer in its earliest stages.
- Recommended for women with dense breast tissue; however, it is beneficial regardless of your breast density.
- Uses x-rays to create three-dimensional (3D) images of your breasts.
- The camera moves in an arc over your breast, taking multiple images, so there is less potential for tissues to overlap.
- You are less likely to be called back for additional mammogram images.
Benefits of 3-D mammography:
- Higher cancer detection rate
- Decreased need for additional testing
- FDA approved
What to expect on the day of your mammogram
On the day of your mammogram:
- Do not wear powder, cream or deodorant on your upper body.
- Wear a loose-fitting top which can be easily removed.
- Do not wear jewelry. You will need to remove it before the mammogram.
- Bring copies of previous mammograms and reports with you.
- Describe any breast problems to the technician before the exam.
During the mammogram, you will undress from the waist up. Your breasts will be pressed between plates, and X-rays will be taken.
If you are a woman who experiences breast tenderness before your period, you may want to schedule the test at a point in your menstrual cycle when your breasts are less sensitive.
MRI is used to evaluate abnormalities seen on a mammogram or ultrasound. An MRI allows physicians to easily view the muscles and chest wall. The MRI helps in the evaluation of breast cancer and can help doctors characterize or spot small lesions not picked up by mammography.
An ultrasound helps our team study a specific area on the mammogram or a lump you may discover. Breast ultrasounds are often used in conjunction with a mammogram.
Bone density testing
According to the National Institute of Health, women can have a higher risk of osteoporosis and bone fracture after being treated for breast cancer. This risk is increased due to lowered levels of estrogen—which helps protect bones—from breast cancer treatment. A woman's risk of osteoporosis also increases as she ages since estrogen production slows down over time, causing bones to become thinner and more brittle.
DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) is used to determine your risk for bone fractures. It uses a small amount of radiation to evaluate the density of your bones and mineral content. Our skilled technologists perform these bone density tests, which are quick and painless, for breast cancer survivors and anyone deemed at risk of bone loss.
Once you have your prescription for a diagnostic test, call (877) 331-7029 to schedule your exam.