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Breast Testing

Breast cancer program services begin once a patient's mammogram indicates the need for a biopsy or other additional tests.

The radiologist who obtains mammogram results will share them with the patient's primary care physician. The Hospital of Central Connecticut performs a variety of testing techniques, including some minimally invasive and non-invasive procedures.

Before a biopsy, and within 48 hours of the abnormal mammogram, the patient will see a surgeon. The patient can choose a surgeon or the patient's primary care physician can recommend one.  The surgeon will review the patient's films, do a thorough exam and explain biopsy options. The surgeon and the patient will determine if a biopsy is needed and which type is most appropriate. Staff at the surgeon's office will schedule the biopsy. Patients will also talk with a breast nurse navigator, who can answer questions and offer guidance and support before and after the biopsy.


Minimally Invasive Procedures

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.

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 may be done in place of an ultrasound.
Download BSGI brochure


Biopsies

Ultrasound-guided biopsies
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.

Stereotactic Biopsy
Uses a computer-guided X-ray to precisely locate tissue and guide the needle for tissue removal.

MRI-guided biopsies

Surgical Biopsy
A traditional surgical procedure to remove a larger tissue sample or whole tumor.


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

Your doctor may refer you to our breast nurse navigator, or you can call 860.696.4815 or CANCER CONNECT at 855.255.6181.

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