HCA Houston Healthcare West provides patient-focused mammography, breast ultrasound and other services related to breast care through Solis Mammography, our onsite provider of comprehensive breast imaging services.
Here, patients can expect the most advanced technology available and conveniences, such as:
- The ability to book appointments through real-time
- 24/7 access to online scheduling
- quick turnaround time in the center – typically less than 30 to 40 minutes.
- Fast, exceptionally accurate results by email within 24-48 hours of the visit
Breast screening and imaging services
Solis Mammography, a department of HCA Houston West, is dedicated exclusively to the earliest possible detection of breast cancer. A full range of breast screening and diagnostic services are offered at this location.
Known as tomosynthesis, this powerful new tool is considered the most advanced technology in screening and diagnostic mammography. 3D mammography provides radiologists with multiple clear images of the breast and allows your doctor to see masses much more clearly than a conventional 2D image will allow.
Still one of the most advanced tools available for detecting breast abnormalities, the goal of a screening mammogram is to detect tumors that are too small or too deep to be discovered otherwise.
The traditional mammogram takes two-dimensional pictures of the breast and is used to detect breast tumors in women who have no symptoms of breast cancer. A physician’s order is not needed to schedule a screening mammogram.
If a screening mammogram results in abnormalities that require further evaluation, a diagnostic mammogram or breast ultrasound may be required. Women who detect abnormalities during a self-exam should schedule a diagnostic mammogram rather than a screening mammogram.
A radiation-free technique, breast ultrasounds generate images through sound waves. They can help distinguish normal breast tissue from a fluid-filled cyst or a solid mass that appears on a mammogram. Ultrasounds are typically used in conjunction with mammography; however, they do not replace mammography.
Stereotactic breast biopsy
Stereotactic breast biopsies are used when an area of concern is seen on a mammogram but not an ultrasound. A state-of-the-art computer-guided imaging system hones in on the area of concern, which can then be sampled with a needle. This minimally-invasive technique decreases internal and external scarring of the breast.
Ultrasound-guided breast biopsy
A state-of-the-art biopsy technique that is done to determine if a lump/abnormality is benign or cancerous. It allows quick sampling of breast tissue with minimal discomfort and minimal invasion of the breast. After placing an ultrasound probe over the site of the lump/abnormality and administering local anesthesia, the radiologist guides a biopsy needle into the area of concern.
Bone density scanning
The established standard for measuring bone mineral density, this test assesses osteoporosis and bone-fracture risk if needed. Patients and their doctors can then determine their best plan of action to slow or reverse the process.
Center location and hours
Solis Mammography, a department of HCA Houston West, is located on the 3rd floor of the West Houston Blvd Medical Plaza. This building is just south of the main hospital—located just south of the hospital between Richmond Ave and West Park Dr. The center is open Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.