Breast imaging refers to the various diagnostic imaging procedures performed by radiologists for breast cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
Radiologists rely on several different breast imaging tools in the fight against breast cancer.
If our specialists think that you need breast imaging, you will be asked to perform one of the following:
Mammography uses X-rays to produce images of breast tissue in order to detect lumps, tumors or other abnormalities that may be present in the breast. Images produced by mammography are called mammograms.
3-D mammography, also known as breast tomosynthesis, is a relatively new technology that produces 3-dimensional images of breast tissue rather than the 2-dimensional images produced by traditional mammography.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of breast tissue. Breast ultrasounds are generally performed to identify the exact nature of a breast abnormality previously detected by mammography or as supplemental breast cancer screening for high-risk patients. Breastlink of Orange and Breastlink of Temecula Valley feature automated breast ultrasound technology.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields and radio-frequency pulses to produce detailed images of internal body structures. Breast MRIs can provide information not available from mammography or ultrasound but are only used in combination with and never as a replacement for these breast-imaging procedures.