Every woman deserves the resources and support she needs to maintain optimal breast health. Alegent Creighton Health offers a full range of services related to breast health and breast cancer, including prevention, detection, treatment and survivorship. With services and programs designed for all stages of life, it is no wonder over 60 percent of women chose Alegent Creighton Health for their breast care each year.
Breast Care Services
1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer. Early detection is key because when found early, cancer is most treatable. We offer a complete range of diagnostic tools that are used to detect lumps or abnormalities in the breast.
Digital mammography technology provides the highest level of accuracy for even the smallest tumors. With digital mammography, image capture is instant. There is no wait for a film to be developed to ensure the image is clear. It also can be zoomed in for further review. You will receive your mammogram results in 24 hours. But more importantly, if anything suspicious is found, we'll make sure that you receive all follow-up testing - including a biopsy, if necessary - within a matter of days, not weeks. Schedule your mammogram online or call 402-717-2222.
3D Mammography, or Digital Breast Tomosynthesis, allows doctors to examine breast tissue one layer at a time. It generates a stack of 1 mm slice images (“layers”) of breast tissue. Instead of viewing the complexities of your breast tissue in one flat image, the radiologist can examine the tissue one layer at a time. Fine details are more clearly visible, no longer hidden by overlapping tissue. It is recommended 3D mammography be used in conjunction with traditional digital mammography as part of your annual screening mammogram to capture more breast images.
A breast ultrasound, or sonogram, is a test that uses sound waves to examine the breasts. Your doctor may order an breast ultrasound if you have a breast lump found during a breast exam or an abnormal mammogram. This test can help tell the difference between a solid mass or a cyst and look for a growth if you have clear or bloody fluid coming from your nipple.
Breast Needle Biopsy
A needle biopsy of the breast is a procedure in which tissue is removed from suspicious areas and analyzed by a physician to determine whether or not cancer is present. A needle biopsy is performed under local anesthesia. Simple aspirations are performed with a small gauge needle to attempt to draw fluid from lumps that are thought to be cysts. A core needle biopsy uses a larger needle to make passes through a lump to draw out tissue. Withdrawn tissue is further evaluated.
A breast MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan is an imaging test that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create pictures of the breast and surrounding tissue. It produces highly detailed images of the breast tissue and is frequently used to determine whether or not an area of concern is cancerous, thereby avoiding unnecessary biopsies. It does not use radiation (x-rays). A breast MRI may be done in combination with mammography or ultrasound. However, it is not a replacement for mammography.
While mammography remains the primary method of early detection, diagnostic challenges can occur due to the complexity of the breast tissue. Therefore, there are times when additional testing is necessary. A gammagram may be a diagnostic option after an abnormal mammogram. A gammagram is designed for patients who have dense breast tissue and lumps that can be felt, but not seen with mammography or ultrasound.