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4376 South Eason Boulevard
Tupelo, MS 38801
Phone (662) 377-4910
NMMC's Breast Care Center offers state-of-the-art digital imaging technology, one of the most advanced screening tools for detecting breast cancer.A nationwide trial by the American College of Radiology found digital mammography superior, particularly in young patients and those with dense breasts.
Digital mammography takes an electronic image of the breast and stores it directly into NMMC's computerized Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS). Radiologists can enhance, magnify or manipulate these digital images, making it easier to detect abnormalities.
An additional advantage is that CAD, the computer assisted detection feature, cues the radiologist to areas on the mammogram that look irregular, and he or she can then compare them to the patient's previous mammograms to see if it's something new.
Screening mammograms are an x-ray of the breast used to detect breast cancer. Usually, the test detects cancer long before it can be found through physician examination or other methods of diagnosis. Women who are not having any problems with their breasts are candidates for screening mammograms. Screening mammograms are available on NMMC's Mobile Mammography Unit that travels to area communities to provide convenient access. For a schedule and more information, click here.
Results of screening mammograms are mailed to the patient and forwarded to her designated physician.
Diagnostic mammograms include special views of the breast and are used in evaluating problem cases. Diagnostic mammograms are used to evaluate women with a breast problem or symptom, or a woman with an abnormal finding on a screening mammogram. A physician recommends diagnostic mammograms and a member of the physician's staff schedules the test. Each woman who has a diagnostic mammogram receives a report of her test before leaving the Breast Care Center.
Breast MRI is an advanced tool using sophisticated computers and 3-D techniques that looks deep into the breast to discover abnormalities that might not be visible in other exams. Breast MRI is a completely different way of looking at the breast. A mammogram is typically used as a first test for breast abnormalities. If a mammogram detects a problem, specialized mammography and/or breast ultrasound may be used. If your doctor is still concerned, a breast MRI may be considered.
Breast ultrasound is used in addition to diagnostic mammograms. It uses high frequency, silent sound waves to create an image of the breast. This type of imaging procedure is painless and is used to determine whether a lump is solid or fluid-filled.
Ultrasound guided needle core biopsy is a non-surgical technique performed by our radiologists to remove small tissue fragments from a suspicious area in the breast. The tissue is sent to the pathology lab and examined for abnormalities. This simple procedure is done using local anesthesia (the patient is not put to sleep), and the patient may resume normal activities.
Ultrasound guided cyst aspiration is a non-surgical technique performed by our radiologists to remove fluid from a cyst in the breast. Removing the fluid may reduce pressure and pain.
The cyst fluid may be sent to the pathology lab and examined for abnormalities. This simple procedure is done using local anesthesia (the patient is not put to sleep), and the patient may resume normal activities.
The Breast Care Center is recognized as a FDA approved mammography site, and its services are accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Mammography appointments are available between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
4376 South Eason Boulevard
Tupelo, Mississippi 38801
Every woman is at risk for breast cancer, and her risk increases with age. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women.
Risk is higher for women with a personal history of having cancer and women who have had one or more close relatives with the disease. However, 80 percent of the women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease.
Click here for a Film Release Form. Please print this form, complete it and fax it to (662) 377-2071 or the facility where you had your last mammography procedure.