Breast health screening and imaging
The breast center at HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress combines experienced radiologists with state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment to offer advanced services. From evaluation, to treatment, to recovery, the physicians and healthcare staff at North Cypress Breast Center are committed to individualized care, taking the time to address concerns and explain procedures, including:
- 3D Mammography and full field digital mammography - 2 locations
- Computer aided detection
- Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)
- Breast MRI
- Ultrasound of the Breast
- Interventional Breast procedures
- Bone Densitometry
For more information, please call (832) 912-3631.
High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic
The North Cypress High Risk Breast Clinic provides prevention, early detection and management for patients identified as having an increased risk for breast cancer.
You may be at a high risk for developing breast cancer if you answer yes to one or more of the following questions:
- Are you over the age of 40 or younger with a family history of breast cancer?
- Do you or a family member have breast cancer?
- Have you had an abnormal mammogram, breast ultrasound or breast biopsy?
- Do you have any family history of a cancer gene (i.e. BRCA) or ovarian cancer?
- Are you of Eastern European or Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry?
High risk women benefit from education, screening and close monitoring to diagnose breast cancer early, when it’s more treatable.
We employ a multidisciplinary team to help detect and treat breast cancer, our team is comprised of medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, oncological surgeons, oncology nurses, and mammography techs. When needed, nutritionists, lymphedema and rehabilitation therapists may also be included.
The High Risk Breast Cancer Clinic offers the following screening, imaging and informational services:
- Risk assessment
- Breast MRI
- Screening test
- Genetic counseling and education
- Personalized plan and prevention strategies
About our breast screening and imaging servicess
At HCA Houston North Cypress we are committed to providing comprehensive breast care. That is why we offer a wide range of breast imaging and screening options to help aid in early detection and treatment of breast cancer.
To schedule a breast imaging exam today, please call (832) 912-3724.
Our women’s center uses a state-of-the-art digital mammography system. This system helps us discover lumps and abnormalities before they can be felt with a breast self-exam. Digital exams are completed quicker, therefore reducing the time a person is in compression. This results in a more comfortable exam as well as a shorter exam time.
3D digital mammography
3D mammography is the newest screening and diagnostic breast imaging tool and is used to improve the early detection of breast cancer. Women whose breast cancers is detected at an early stage have a 93 percent or higher survival rate in the first five years. 3D mammography allows the radiologist to examine the tissue one thin layer at a time. Fine details are more visible and are less likely to be hidden by overlapping tissue. 3D mammography is quite safe, and radiation exposure is quite low.
A ductogram, or galactogram, is an X-ray that uses mammography, a low-dose X-ray system for examining the ducts of the breast. It is helpful in diagnosing:
- Nipple discharge
- Intraductal papillomas
- Breast cancer
During the exam, a contrast material is introduced into the ducts to check for any blockages or abnormalities. A tiny tube is used to put fluid into the breast duct. The injected contrast allows your milk ducts to show up clearly on a mammogram. Ductography is a very specialized procedure, and it is not available everywhere.
MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other types of imaging, such as mammography or ultrasound. This test does not use ionizing radiation like X-rays. MRI of the breast is not a replacement for mammography or ultrasound imaging but rather a supplemental tool for detecting and staging breast cancer and other breast abnormalities.
Breast ultrasound, also known as sonography or ultrasonography, is frequently used to evaluate breast abnormalities that are found with screening mammography, diagnostic mammography or during a physician performed clinical breast exam. Ultrasound is excellent at imaging cysts, which are round, fluid-filled pockets inside the breast. Additionally, ultrasound can often quickly determine if a suspicious area is in fact a cyst or an increased density of solid tissue. The latter may require a biopsy to determine if it is malignant.
A breast biopsy is performed to remove some cells from a suspicious area in the breast and examine them under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. The cells are either removed surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle. During a breast biopsy, part or all of a tumor may be removed. An image-guided biopsy is performed when the abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, making it difficult to locate the lesion by hand. In ultrasound-guided breast biopsy, ultrasound imaging is used to help guide the interventional radiologist’s instruments to the site of the abnormal growth. Ultrasound guidance is used in the following biopsy procedures:
- Fine needle aspiration
- Core needle
- Vacuum-assisted device
- Wire localization
Needle localization uses mammography to help a radiologist insert a wire into an area of concern. This wire then directs the surgeon to the area to be removed or biopsied. Needle localization can be performed during two operations:
- Ultrasound-guided needle localization
- Mammography-guided needle localization
Computer aided detection (CAD)
Computer aided detection is a state-of-the-art scanner and computer program that marks potential areas of concern on the mammogram. The computer marks abnormalities on the digitized films similar to the way a computer program might alert a writer to a misspelled word. The final interpretation is still made by the radiologist. CAD has been shown to improve accuracy of mammogram readings.
Breast specific gamma imaging
We provide breast specific gamma imaging, which serves as a complementary diagnostic tool to detect breast cancer when post-mammogram evaluation is indicated.
Breast specific gamma imaging can help physicians detect early stage cancers, identify suspicious and difficult-to-interpret breast abnormalities and differentiate between benign and malignant tumors.
Bone Densitometry, or Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) is used to evaluate diseases of the bone or to evaluate treatment for diseases of the bone. A DEXA scan is a type of X-ray that uses tiny amounts of radiation to determine the bone density of the spine, hip and sometimes wrist. DEXA scans are easy, safe and non-invasive.
A patient’s results are compared with the results of an average woman at age 30, which is considered the peak age for bone mass in women. This information can help a patient’s physician diagnose osteoporosis or determine what steps may need to be taken to protect the patient’s bone health.
Breast health at HCA Houston Healthcare
Regular medical checkups are important for maintaining breast health in women, as screening is vital in the early detection of breast cancer. Doctors use mammograms, breast MRIs, ultrasounds and biopsies to examine breast tissue and check for lumps or other changes in the breast area.Learn about Breast health