Macomb Breast Center
27472 Schoenherr Rd.
Regal Court I, Suite 120
Warren, MI 48093
Working in conjunction with St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, Macomb Center
- Screening and diagnostic mammograms
- Dexa-scan (measures bone mineral density)
- Stereotactic guided breast biopsy
We are not a self-referral facility; all of our services require a physician order. We accept most insurances. To confirm, check with our appointment secretary when your appointment is made.
Final results of the test are usually available within two days.
Digital and analog mammography
Mammography can detect changes in breast tissue as early as two years before a woman or physician can feel them. Various medical organizations and health agencies recommend that women have mammograms beginning at age 40 and every year thereafter.
Digital mammography transforms the x-rays generated through analog mammography into electrical signals. These electrical signals produce images of the breast that can be viewed on a computer screen and enhanced by a radiologist. From the patient's perspective, there's little difference in the overall experience. Variations can exist, however, in the actual test results. When compared to film/analog mammography, digital mammography has proven advantageous for:
- women younger than 50
- women of any age who have dense breast tissue
- women going through perimenopause.
Computer-Aided Detection (CAD)
Computer-aided detection (CAD) uses special software to manipulate images obtained via film or digital mammograms. CAD scrutinizes the images for areas of density, mass or calcification that can indicate the presence of cancer. If discovered, these abnormalities can be analized further by the radiologist.
Stereotactic (X-ray-guided) Breast Biopsy
In some cases, it is difficult to determine from a mammogram or CAD image that a breast abnormality is cancerous. For the diagnosis to be accurate, a tissue sample is necessary. During a stereotactic, or x-ray guided, biopsy, the physician passes a hollow needle into the suspicious area, targeting it using advanced x-ray equipment and highly specialized computer software. A stereotactic biopsy is much less invasive than a traditional biopsy and is an outpatient procedure. It is often performed when:
- A woman’s mammogram shows a solid mass that cannot be felt.
- A mammogram shows a suspicious cluster of small calcium deposits.
- The breast tissue is distorted.
- A new mass or area of calcium deposits appears at an earlier surgical site.
- The woman prefers a non-surgical method of diagnosis.
The St. John Macomb Breast Center is one of only 15 stereotactic facilities in Michigan accredited by the American College of Radiology.
Prior to the Exam
Diet You do not need to fast prior to the exam. You may eat a light breakfast, but do not drink coffee unless it is decaffeinated.
Medications If you take aspirin or blood thinners, please discontinue using these 3 days in advance of the procedure. Other regular medications should be taken as prescribed. Check with your physician in all instances.
Clothing Wear a comfortable two-piece garment.
Other Information Avoid using talcum powder or deodorant on the day of your biopsy.
Bone Density Scans
A bone density scan is often called a DEXA scan, for dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. A DEXA scan is an enhanced form of x-ray technology and today’s standard for measuring bone mineral density. DEXA scans are most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a bone-thinning condition that can affect women after menopause. Other uses include tracking the treatment of other conditions that cause bone loss and assessing a person’s risk for bone fractures. DEXA scans are usually performed on the hips or lower spine, but portable devices can measure the wrist, fingers or heel. Bone density testing is recommended for::
- Post-menopausal women not taking estrogen
- Post-menopausal women who are tall (over 5’7”) or thin (less than 125 lbs.).
- People whose mother smoked and/or experienced a hip fracture.
- Men with a medical conditions associated with bone loss.
- People who take medications known to cause bone loss.
- People with type 1 diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis.
- People who have high bone turnover as indicated in urine samples.
- People with a thyroid condition.