Women’s Imaging

The Breast Care Center provides a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease, combining highly trained staff with advanced technology. Our goal is to ensure quality and focus attention to each patient’s needs. The Breast Care Center is accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the FDA.

We place a strong emphasis on diagnosing cancer early and provides convenient hours for mammography screening. Procedures are done using state-of-the-art equipment featuring four mammography units, two ultrasound units, a breast biopsy unit, and Mammotome breast biopsy device for larger tissue sampling.

The Breast Care Center located on the second floor of the Trident Medical Arts Building.

Applications and Treatments

Breast Ultrasound

This procedure uses sound waves to provide pictures of suspicious areas of the breast, helping to distinguish between cysts and solid masses.

Core Needle Biopsy

This sampling procedure, done on an outpatient basis, which removes five to ten small pieces of tissue from the abnormality, takes about 45 minutes using only local anesthesia and a tiny skin nick. This procedure offers minimal discomfort, little bruising, no stitches and no disfigurement. If the diagnosis is not cancer, a surgical biopsy may still be necessary. If cancer is found, a complete removal of the abnormal area may be required.

Dexa Scanning

A Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scan is a non-invasive procedure that uses very low levels of radiation to measure bone density. This test detects bone loss in its earliest stages and is the most effective way to diagnose osteoporosis. Dexa scans are accurate in assessing fracture risk or treatment needs. The exam takes only 15 to 20 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis.

Mammography

A mammogram is an x-ray of the breast that is used to determine if cancer may be present. Convincing evidence that screening mammography saves lives continues to come forward and many women with breast cancer can be effectively cured. Our radiologists evaluate nearly 20,000 breast imaging procedures (mammography and breast ultrasound) annually and have extensive experience in detecting the early signs of breast cancer. Charleston Radiologists, PA provides interpretations for Trident Breast Care Center and the breast imaging facilities affiliated with Trident Health System, including Trident and Summerville Medical Centers and Colleton Medical Center. These facilities are accredited by the American College of Radiology and certified by the Federal Drug Administration.

Mammotome Biopsy

A mammotome biopsy is a vacuum-assisted procedure that requires only the insertion of a small sampling probe. This biopsy allows multiple specimens to be obtained without having to be repeatedly removed and reinserted. The procedure takes about one hour and is performed on an outpatient basis. An advantage to this procedure is its ability to accurately biopsy early-stage breast cancer. It also causes less internal scarring, allowing the radiologist to more clearly see new abnormalities on future mammograms.