Latest Options in Mammography Offered at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Several Locations throughout Northeast Ohio
3D Mammography –
seeing is believing.
The breast imaging team at University Hospitals Breast Health Centers works exclusively with patients undergoing screening or diagnostic mammograms. Because our radiologists have had specialized training in breast imaging, they are especially adept at detecting disease. We are also the first health care provider in northeast Ohio to offer tomosynthesis, or advanced 3-D mammography, for the earliest detection of breast cancer.
UH Breast Health Centers have been recognized by the American College of Radiology for meeting extensive accreditation requirements and promoting excellent practice standards. Our breast health center locations include:
- Breen Breast Health Pavilion at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center in Cleveland
- University Hospitals Westlake Health Center
- University Hospitals Chagrin Highlands Heath Center
Each of these breast centers received the Breast Imaging Center of Excellence award and NAPBC accreditation.
Along with these facilities, we also offer mammography services at many of our other Northeast Ohio locations. To find a location near you call 216-844-BRST (216-844-2778).
3-D Mammography for Earlier and Easier Detection
UH Seidman Cancer Center is the first northeast Ohio health care provider to offer tomosynthesis, a new type of mammography that uses advanced three-dimensional imaging to detect breast cancer. The state-of-the-art technology provides doctors with a clearer, more detailed view of breast tissue, and can lead to easier and earlier detection. Tomosynthesis takes images of the breast from multiple angles and helps radiologists pinpoint the size, shape and location of abnormalities.
Tomosynthesis was shown to improve the rate of cancer detection and reduce the number of unnecessary call-backs in an article published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, June 2014. Experts believe that this method will soon become the gold standard in breast cancer screening and detection.
Tomosynthesis is currently offered at these locations:
- Breen Breast Health Pavilion at UH Cleveland Medical Center
- UH Chagrin Highlands Health Center
- UH Westlake Health Center
- UH Geauga Medical Center
- UH Parma Medical Center
- Southwest General Health Center
Experts in Digital Mammography
UH team members are experts in digital mammography. In general, digital mammograms are equivalent to traditional film mammograms for diagnosing cancer, but significantly better for three groups of women:
- Women under age 50 (regardless of breast tissue density)
- Women with dense breast tissue (about 40 percent of patients)
- Premenopausal women and perimenopausal women (who had their final menstrual period within 12 months of their mammograms)
The sharper images of the digital mammogram allow for better detection of breast tissue abnormalities.
A baseline mammogram is recommended for women 40 years old. UH Seidman Cancer Center physicians recommend annual screening mammograms for women starting at the age of 40, regardless of risk factors.
Physicians also utilize diagnostic mammograms to view breast tissue that has changed since the last mammogram or if a patient discovers lumps, nipple discharge or pain in a specific area of the breast.
If a mammogram indicates abnormal breast conditions, more testing is needed.