Breast and Breast Density

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Breast

A number of our radiologists have a keen interest in breast imaging. In recent years, breast imaging has been an exciting field with many advances in technology which aid in the early detection of breast cancer. We are proud to be early adopters of these techniques and have them available to patients at our private clinics.

  • 3T Breast MRI (Wagga only)
  • Hologic Clarity high definition 3D mammogram
  • Hologic Intelligent high definition synthetic 2D mammogram
  • Hologic SmartCurve Breast Stabilisation System
  • Hologic Contrast Enhanced Mammography (CEM)
  • Objective mammographic breast density assessment using VolparaTM
  • Breast cancer risk assessment using the IBIS tool, with subsequent personalised breast imaging screening recommendations
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Interventional breast procedures
  • Ultrasound guided:
  • Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA)
  • Core biopsy
  • Vacuum assisted biopsy
  • HookwireClip marker placement
  • Tomosynthesis guided (+/- lateral arm attachment):
  • Vacuum assisted biopsy with clip marker placement
  • Hookwire

Our Mitcham clinic is a part of the Mitcham Breast Care service.

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What is Breast Density?

Breasts are primarily made up of a mix of fatty and fibroglandular tissue. The fatty tissue appears dark on a mammogram, while the fibroglandular tissue appears white. The amount of white that is visible on the mammogram refers to the breast density. Therefore, the more fibroglandular tissue compared to fat that a woman has in her breast, the whiter the mammogram will be and the breast will be classified as more dense.

Breast density is emerging as one of the strongest independent risk factors for breast cancer. Women in the highest category of breast density for age are at 4-6 times increased risk of developing breast cancer compared with women at the lowest category. Women with dense breasts are not only at increased risk of developing breast cancer, but are also more likely to mask breast cancer, which may result in delayed detection on mammogram.

Breast density cannot be determined by the way the breast feels or looks. It can only be determined by the mammographic appearance. At Imaging Associates, we can offer objective automated breast density assessment with our 3D mammograms using VolparaTM. Using this information, Imaging Associates is one of the very few radiology practices in Australia to offer patients a formal breast cancer risk assessment using the Tyrer-Cuzick model (IBIS tool), and subsequent personalised breast imaging screening recommendations