Sutter Delta Medical Center is a nationally ranked Breast Imaging Center of Excellence designated by the American College of Radiology. This distinguished gold seal of approval is awarded to facilities that have demonstrated the highest quality and safety standards in stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasounds and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
Staying on top of your screening mammograms is key to preventing advanced breast cancer. We use the most advanced technology – digital mammography, MRIs and ultrasound – to find and diagnose abnormalities long before you or your doctor could notice them. If you are diagnosed with breast cancer, our imaging experts work with your team to provide state-of-the-art treatment to remove or contain the cancer.
Sutter Delta uses digital mammography, which provides incredibly accurate images with lower doses of radiation. Digital mammography can be processed within seconds, stored for year-to-year comparisons and shared easily with all your doctors. It’s especially helpful for viewing dense breast tissue and hard to access areas.
A breast MRI allows a radiologist to determine the extent of breast cancer after diagnosis. It can also be used as an early detection tool in women with known genetic risk factors. An MRI uses radiofrequency waves along with a substance called gadolinium, which is injected into the bloodstream, to highlight lesions in the breast.
Stereotactic Breast Biopsy
When an abnormal area in the breast is too small to be felt, your doctor may order a stereotactic breast biopsy to obtain a sample of the tissue. For this procedure, a specially trained radiologist will use our advanced imaging equipment, such as MRI, to visualize the area and guide the needle to the correct location to obtain the sample without surgery. In some cases, a surgical biopsy may be necessary.
Automated Breast Ultrasound (ABUS)
The painless and radiation-free automated breast ultrasound procedure uses high-frequency sound waves to analyze whether a breast lump is solid or filled with fluid. A fluid-filled cyst typically is not cancerous.