Diagnostic Technology at Willis-Knighton


Breast tomosynthesis is an advanced 3D mammogram that offers superior cancer detection and fewer callbacks, resulting in less stress and greater peace of mind for patients. It is our standard protocol for all screening mammograms and is available at all of our centers that perform mammography.  There is no additional compression and it takes only a second or two longer than a traditional mammogram.  Click here to learn more about mammography.

MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI is recommended for those patients who have a 20 percent or greater lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. You should speak with your doctor about determining your risk, especially if you have a strong family history of breast cancer. This highly sensitive technology uses powerful magnets and radio waves and involves the use of a dye to help the radiologist identify any abnormalities in your breast tissue.  It is generally performed after a biopsy is positive for breast cancer and the doctor requests more information about the extent of the disease. It is sometimes used to analyze nipple discharge or is there is a potential problem with breast implants. Click here to learn more about breast MRI.

Breast Ultrasound – Sonogram

Using sound waves, black-and-white images are created as a wand moves back and forth over your breast. It is used to identify and analyze breast abnormalities and is the first line of evaluation in a patient younger than 30 who is exhibiting symptoms.