Important Information about Breast Health
Telfair Breast Care is one of the many excellent diagnostic facilities of the Mary Telfair Women's Hospital. We offer an innovative, multidisciplinary approach to diagnosing breast diseases. Our staff of expertly trained physicians, nurses and technologists aid in the early detection of breast cancer through state-of-the-art mammography.
The Telfair Pavilion was the first in the Savannah area to offer the latest technological advances in diagnosing breast diseases, such as computer-aided detection (CAD) and digital mammography. CAD for mammography assists the radiologist by analyzing mammograms for suspicious areas that may be indicative of cancer. Digital mammography technology produces mammograms digitally instead of using film, thereby enabling image manipulation to enhance quality.
Nationally Designated Breast Center of Excellence
The Telfair Pavilion is a designated Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology by earning accreditation in categories including:
Digital and 3D Mammography
In addition, the facility is certified as a mammography facility by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in accordance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).
Comprehensive Services Available from a Team of Specialists
The specialists at Telfair Pavilion treat a variety of routine and complex breast issues and conditions, including:
Needle aspiration of the breast is a simple, diagnostic procedure with a high rate of accuracy. The procedure is performed using a very fine needle, much smaller than that used to draw blood from a vein. The skin where the needle is introduced may or may not be anesthetized (numbed) with a local injection. The results of the aspiration are available within a short period of time, sparing the patient unnecessary anxiety. If the fine needle aspiration shows no cancer cells, but your doctor notes any suspicious or worrisome mass, further tests are indicated.
A breast ultrasound is a procedure used to further evaluate a breast abnormality or lump seen on mammography. An ultrasound can determine if a breast lump is solid (tumor) or filled with fluid (cyst). Breast ultrasounds are not meant to replace the mammogram. Unlike mammography, ultrasound is not able to detect small calcifications.
CAD (Computer-Aided Detection)
CAD for mammography assists radiologists by analyzing mammograms for suspicious areas that may be indicative of cancer and flagging these areas for the radiologist’s review.
Core Needle Biopsy
A core needle biopsy is a diagnostic procedure reported to be highly accurate in identifying the presence of a malignant tumor. The core needle is usually guided into position with the use of ultrasound then multiple tissue samples are removed and sent for analysis.
Digital mammography technology produces mammograms digitally instead of using film; therefore, images can be manipulated to enhance quality. This has proven to be the best technology for evaluating dense breast tissue.
The newset technology in our arsenal, 3D mammography can provide a more comprehensive exam and increase breast cancer detection by 30 percent. In addition, because the image is so clear, it can reduce the chance that a woman will be called back for additional imaging.
Sometimes very small areas of concern, which cannot be felt but do show up on a mammogram, can be very hard to locate for sampling or removal. In order to locate the exact site of such a small area, a special type of needle, with a fine hook-wire inside it, is guided into place marking the area of the lump during mammography. It is left in place until the patient is brought into surgery for removal of the lump.
Stereotactic Needle Biopsy
This is a sophisticated technique especially useful for extremely small areas of concern that cannot be felt but are detected on mammography, such as microcalcifications. This method involves combining mammogram and computer technology to pinpoint the area and remove small cores of tissue for analysis.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a mammogram?
If you are scheduling a routine screening mammogram and have no known breast problems (lumps, drainage or pain), please call (912) 819-6800. If you are experiencing a problem or change in your breast, you may need a diagnostic mammogram. Please contact your physician to make an appointment.
How do I obtain the results?
You will receive a letter from the radiologists, written in laymen's terms, summarizing the findings. Your physician will receive a copy of the formal report as well.
Is it possible to obtain results at the time of my appointment?
Yes. Proper steps must be taken in advance to ensure that the radiologist is able to accurately review your mammogram on the same day as your appointment. . If you had your previous mammogram at another facility, please bring copies of the mammogram and report, or a disc with the images and report if your previous mammogram was performed digitally. Please inform the technologist that you would like to receive your results on the day of your appointment.
Is this a qualified mammography facility?
The Telfair Pavilion and its staff and radiologists are certified by the American College of Radiology. The facility is certified as a mammography facility by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in accordance with the Mammography Quality Standards Act (MQSA).
When should I have a mammogram?
The American Cancer Society recommends annual mammograms beginning at age 40. A breast problem or family history of breast cancer may warrant more frequent or earlier mammograms.
Does insurance cover the procedure?
Confirm this with your insurance company prior to your appointment.
Contact us with Questions or for More Information
Please call our specialists at 912-819-7000 with any questions or concerns about these comprehensive services for women of all ages.