John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center
19646 N. 27th Ave., Suite 205
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Learn how John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center provides compassionate, coordinated and technologically advanced care.
John C. Lincoln offers some of the most advanced technologies for detecting breast cancer at its earliest, most treatable stage. Digital mammography is one of these leading tools — providing clear, concise images that can be read within seconds.
Having the right technology is undeniably important. Yet, for the John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center, having the right people on staff to use this technology is even more important, as our medical staff explains.
What is digital mammography?
Digital mammography is very similar to using an incredibly high-powered digital camera to take ultra-clear, X-ray images of breast tissue. Compared with older mammography techniques, no film or film processing are involved. When you take the picture, the image is in front of you within three seconds.
Some women have very fatty breasts. Some have very dense, fibrocystic breasts. In these cases, breast images can be very light. With digital mammography, you can adjust the settings of imaging equipment to yield a higher-contrast image. Digital mammography is better able to penetrate dense breast tissue, as well.
Further, digital mammography lets technologists magnify an area of concern. The doctor who is reading the mammogram can ask for additional images as needed, while the patient is still in the center.
Beginning in early April 2011, Valley women screened for breast cancer at John C. Lincoln's Breast Health and Research Center gained access to groundbreaking, 3D mammography with digital breast tomosynthesis. The highly sensitive imaging technology provides individual images of thin layers of breast tissue, yielding much clearer images.
Speaking of who is reading the images, would you say that Breast Health and Research Center has a unique philosophy of how it performs digital mammography in Phoenix?
In digital mammography, compressing the breast is tremendously helpful in finding breast calcifications — which may be as small as a few grains of salt — when breast cancer is at its earliest, most treatable stage.
Our philosophy is this simple: We believe that having the right equipment is not as important as the person who is using it.
A breast center can have the best equipment and perform 5,000 mammograms per month. Yet, when it comes to reading the mammograms, that center may have 20 different general radiologists on staff, and digital mammography is just part of what those radiologists do.
Our center offers a level of specialization that, in our opinion, is not matched in Phoenix. We have two dedicated breast specialists on staff. They focus completely on breast imaging, and they perform thousands of imaging procedures per year. They know what to look for — and they're experts at ruling out benign areas, too.
Beyond digital mammography, what other breast imaging services are available at the Breast Health and Research Center?
We provide a full spectrum of breast-imaging capabilities — screening and diagnostic mammograms; breast ultrasound; ultrasound- or stereotactic-guided biopsies; and breast MRI — all in one location.
By housing these services in one location, we help our patients in two ways. First, our patients do not need to visit different doctors. Some breast centers in Phoenix only provide mammography. If a patient were to require a biopsy, she would need to visit another location. That is not the case at John C. Lincoln Breast Health and Research Center.
Second, and more important, our doctors use the same set of diagnostic tools from one procedure to the next. They therefore have a profound understanding of how these tools correspond with each other. For example, our specialists can see how ultrasound results correlate with a mammogram. This "big picture" ability helps tremendously when diagnosing rare forms of cancer.