Breast imaging center in Richmond, Virginia
The Advanced Diagnostic Breast Center at Henrico Doctors' Hospital provides patient-centered breast health services. As part of these services, we offer a range of screening and diagnostic exams, and our radiologists prioritize patient care and prompt results, reading more than 13,000 mammograms each year. Our goal is to make it convenient to receive regular breast cancer screenings and maintain your breast health.
To learn more about Henrico Doctors' Hospital's breast health services, or to schedule your breast exam, please call our breast center at (804) 327-8702.
The American College of Radiology (ACR) designated our hospital as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence for earning ACR accreditation in mammography, breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), breast ultrasound and stereotactic biopsy. Additionally, we are accredited by the American College of Surgeons' National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).
Breast cancer screening
The typical recommendation is for women 40 years old and older to receive an annual screening mammogram, unless otherwise advised by their primary care physician. For example, women who have a family history of breast cancer or have certain risk factors for the disease may be advised to start receiving mammograms at an earlier age.
Women's breast health services
Our breast health services include:
- Mammogram (2D and 3D)—low-dose X-rays of your breasts that can show changes in breast tissue
- Breast ultrasound—painless, noninvasive sound waves are used to diagnose breast lumps or other abnormalities
- Breast MRI—magnets and radio waves that can look deeper into the breast to find abnormalities that might not be visible through other types of exams
- Breast density evaluations—identify dense breasts, which means they are made up of more fibrous, glandular tissue than fatty tissue and may make it more difficult to detect cancer on mammograms
High-Risk Breast Clinic
Our High-Risk Breast Clinic is a resource for women who have been identified as having an increased chance of developing breast cancer. Our clinic offers these women access to supplemental screening services to detect and treat breast cancer in its earliest stages.
Other comprehensive components of our breast clinic include genetic counseling, smoking cessation programs, nutrition counseling and pharmaceutical risk reduction.
Breast cancer risk factors
There are multiple breast cancer risk models, however, the most widely used is the Tyrer-Cuzick risk model. When your Tyrer-Cuzick lifetime risk is 20 percent or greater, you are considered high risk.
Factors that increase your risk include:
- Atypical breast tissue
- Certain medications
- Family history of breast cancer
- Greater breast density
- Hormonal variations
Supplemental breast screening
Some women may not be high risk (greater than 20 percent lifetime risk) but may still be higher than average (greater than 15 percent lifetime risk). This is known as being at "intermediate risk." If a woman is at intermediate risk and has dense breasts, there are other tests that can be used in addition to an annual mammogram to better detect breast cancer.
There are three options for supplemental screening:
- Abbreviated breast MRI (ABMRI)—You are given an IV and positioned in the MRI scanner. MRI contrast dye (gadolinium) is injected while you are in the MRI scanner.
- Contrast mammogram (CEM)—You are given an IV and contrast dye (iodinated) is injected prior to the mammogram.
- Whole-breast ultrasound—The whole breast is examined with ultrasound technology.
Why consider supplemental breast screening
Women with dense breasts can have an greater risk of developing breast cancer than women without dense breasts. Identifying cancer in a woman with dense breasts is more difficult, even with a 3D mammogram. Supplemental screening provides the use of various modalities to examine your breast tissue for signs of breast cancer.
Our breast health team
Our highly skilled and experienced breast care experts will answer your questions and provide accurate results in a timely manner. Our breast care team is made up of radiologists, mammography technologists, ultrasound technologists and a breast imaging navigator. If needed, our breast imaging navigator will help you schedule additional exams or follow-up care.
If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, our breast imaging navigator will connect you with a breast cancer nurse navigator from Henrico Doctors' Hospital's cancer care program. The breast cancer nurse navigator will work closely with you and your doctors throughout your care, serving as your advocate, resource, supporter and educator.
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