If your mammogram results show areas your doctor wants to explore further, he/she may want to conduct additional testing. The Hospital of Central Connecticut performs a variety of testing techniques, including some minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures.
Minimally invasive procedures
Breast-Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI)
- This non-invasive test is similar to a mammogram but uses less compression. Before imaging, patients receive an intravenous radiotracer dye. This test, available at the Bradley Memorial campus (Women's Center of Southington), may be done in place of an ultrasound.
- Ultrasound uses sound waves to obtain an image of organs and tissues. It may be used to diagnose various breast diseases, including breast cancer, cysts, fibroadenomas (non-cancerous tumors).
MRI breast studies
- A non-invasive technique that produces cross-sectional images of the breast from various angles. Unlike X-ray, MRI does not involve radiation.
- A hollow needle is inserted into the targeted area to remove tissue samples. Ultrasound-guided breast core biopsy and aspiration ultrasound use ultrasound to produce pictures of the breast and help guide needle placement.
- A traditional surgical procedure to remove a larger tissue sample or whole tumor.
- Uses a computer-guided X-ray to precisely locate tissue and guide the needle for tissue removal.
Breast nurse navigator
If you learn you need additional testing, The Hospital of Central Connecticut's Breast Nurse Navigator
can help, by:
- Educating you and your loved ones about what you will experience
- Coordinating and scheduling appointments in preparation for your tests
- Providing emotional support the day of your tests
- Answering any questions after your tests
You may contact the
Breast Nurse Navigator at 860-224-5900, X6307.