3D Mammography Available at Women's Diagnostic Center Silverdale

3D Mammography, also known as tomosynthesis, has been incorporated into our diagnostic tools for detecting breast cancer at our Silverdale Women's Diagnostic Center.  Both 2D and 3D images are taken, which gives our radiologists side by side comparisons for analysis.  3D scanners offer more information and overlapping tissue can now be viewed from all angles.  Another benefit to 3D mammography is that many women may not need to return for additional imaging.  The combined use of 2D and 3D imaging with the new system roughly doubles the amount of radiation, therefore "it will be used primarily as a diagnostic tool until there are research studies to establish best use protocols," according to AMI radiologist Dr. J. Wesley Solze, medical director for the Women's Diagnostic Center.

This technology utilizes 2D images that are reconstructed into a 3-dimensional image volume of the breast.  From this image set, a series of thin, high-resolution, cross-sectional slices can be obtained.  The reconstructed images provide improved visualization of suspected lesions by resolving problems of tissue overlap, as well as potential visualization of lesions that are mammographically occult with 2D techniques.  This technology has several advantages.  When standard digital mammography is combined with tomosynthesis, we can help improve cancer detection, especially in women with dense breast tissue.  The ability to improve lesion characterization has been shown to reduce the number of mammograms requiring additional imaging and the number of biopsies recommended.  There is a small increase of radiation with 3D technology, so the radiologist will determine which patients may benefit from this test.

Shear-Wave Elastography Breast Ultrasound

The Women's Diagnostic Center in Silverdale recently added Shear-Wave elastography breast ultrasound.  This imaging performed during breast ultrasound is excellent when evaluating breast lesions and selecting patients who need a biopsy.  This exam takes just 2 minutes, has no radiation and provides more information about the lesion.  It measures the firmness or resistance of the underlying tissue.  Firm areas, like cancers, tend to be very dense, firm and not very mobile.  Lesions also look different on elastrography than soft areas of the breast that are very compressible.

A real benefit of this technology is that it can help differentiate complex cysts from solid lesions.  Cancer generally appears larger on elastography.  The lesion is measured on 2D ultrasound and simulatneously measured with elastography.  The images are then compared.  In most cases, if it is cancer, the lesion will measure larger.  This technology is designed to reduce the number of patients undergoing unnecessary biopsies, as elastography gives more information.

AMI offers three convenient locations for women's imaging in Silverdale, Port Orchard and Poulsbo. At the Silverdale campus of Harrison Medical Center, the Women’s Diagnostic Center in the Harlow Medical Building prides itself in state-of-the-art women’s imaging services. Patient comfort is a priority, and it’s recognized as soon as a patient walks through the doors. From our lovely waiting area, to the beautiful Olympic Mountain view, to the soft music, to our well-trained, caring staff, AMI offers a great choice in comprehensive breast imaging - all in one central location. The Silverdale office offers direct digital screening and diagnostic mammography, computer-aided detection on all mammograms, breast ultrasound, ultrasound-guided, stereotactic core and MRI-guided biopsies and DEXA bone density scans.

Our other Women's Diagnostic Centers are conveniently located in North and South Kitsap County.  The Women's Diagnostic Center of South Kitsap is located in our Port Orchard office and the Women's Diagnostic Center of Poulsbo is located in the Cascade View Medical Center.  These offices provide direct digital screening mammography and DEXA bone density scans.  Both centers are in private women-only locations and have an all female technical staff. All of our technologists develop a trusting relationship with their patients. They are well-trained, supportive and care about each patient they have the opportunity to serve.

Mammogram Reminders

You may have received a letter from the Women's Diagnostic Center, reminding you to schedule your annual mammogram about one month prior to when you are due. To schedule an appointment, call 360-337-6500 or 800-972-9264.

In addition, a new service provided by the American Cancer Society emails reminders each year to women who have signed up.  Most women lead busy lives and this important exam should not be forgotten.  To register for an ACS reminder, go to www.acsremindme.com.

No Cost Mammograms

AMI is a participant in the Washington State Breast and Cervical Health Program.  If you are between the ages of 40 and 64 with no health insurance and meet eligibility requirements, you may be eligible to receive breast health services at no cost to you.  Contact the Kitsap County Health Department Health Educator at 360-337-5234.

Breast MRI

Following the results of a study performed by the University of Washington and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, the American Cancer Society recently recommended that women at high risk of breast cancer receive annual MRIs as well as mammograms.  The study also suggests that all women newly diagnosed with breast cancer receive an MRI. 

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