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Breast Imaging Services

Our nationally-recognized Breast Centers at Miami Valley Hospital offers comprehensive services focusing on the best options for breast health. 

At the Miami Valley Hospital’s Breast Centers, we are focused on breast health and offer a wide range of services and procedures. Our treatment and early-detection tools are backed by our imaging and oncology services.

Mammography is performed in our medical imaging center, and done on an outpatient basis at our many conveniently-located outpatient facilities. 

  • Results from diagnostic mammograms before the patient leaves the facility
  • Results within two to three days for screening mammograms 
  • Little-to-no wait time
  • Highly-trained and experienced staff
  • Heated spa robes for comfort
  • Everything at one location
  • Free parking at Miami Valley Hospital South
  • High patient satisfaction scores
  • On-site Radiologists

Early Breast Cancer Detection

At Miami Valley Hospital, we know early detection is an important tool in fighting breast cancer.

Patients can improve the odds of discovering breast cancer early by using these three early-detection tools:

  • Monthly breast self-examinations 
  • Annual screening mammograms at Miami Valley Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital South
  • Annual breast examination by a health care professional 

Mammography Screening

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women. Successful treatment depends on early detection. A mammogram remains the only approved screening procedure for detecting breast cancer.

Women 40 years or older with no symptoms should have an annual screening mammogram. Send a Mammogram Reminder.

Diagnostic Mammography 

A diagnostic mammogram is for women who:

  • Have a breast problem
  • Need follow-up breast care

In a diagnostic mammogram, two X-rays are usually taken of each breast, one top view and one side view. Sometimes additional X-rays are needed. A Radiologist views the X-rays before the patient leaves the office.

Miami Valley Hospital and Miami Valley Hospital South has one of the area’s most experienced breast centers. We have performed approximately 20,000 mammograms. Miami Valley Hospital is committed to providing the results of a diagnostic mammogram at the time of the exam. A board-certified radiologist is on staff at all times to give an experienced interpretation of the mammogram, and to address the results personally with the patient.

A diagnostic mammogram is covered by most health insurance companies, but patients should call their insurance company prior to scheduling an appointment.

Breast Ultrasound

At the Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center, ultrasounds may be performed along with a diagnostic mammogram for follow-up to a known problem. Ultrasounds may be the imaging of choice for patients 29 years of age and younger.

We use ultrasound imaging of the breast to distinguish between solid tumors and fluid-filled cysts. We also use it to evaluate lumps that are hard to see on a mammogram.

Sometimes, ultrasound imaging is used along with other diagnostic procedures such as a biopsy. A biopsy is the removal of tissue with a needle for examination under a microscope to evaluate signs of disease. For your convenience, all of these diagnostic services are housed in one location at the MVH Breast Center and the Breast Center at Miami Valley Hospital South.

Ultrasound is not used for routine breast cancer screenings without a mammogram because it does not consistently detect certain early signs of cancer such as microcalcifications (tiny deposits of calcium in the breast that cannot be felt but can be seen on a conventional mammogram). A cluster of microcalcifications may indicate that cancer is present.

Breast MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the breast is a useful diagnostic tool for:

  • Detection and characterization of breast disease
  • Assessment of local extent of disease
  • Evaluation of treatment response
  • Guidance for biopsy and localization
  • Assessing abnormal areas seen on a mammogram
  • Evaluating extremely dense breast tissue
  • Evaluating breast implants for leaks or ruptures

MRI can also be used to screen certain women, such as young women at high risk for breast cancer. As with a breast ultrasound, MRI is a supplement to mammography and not a replacement for it.

Breast MRI should be taken of both breasts except for women with a history of mastectomy, or when the MRI is performed specifically to further evaluate or follow findings in one breast. MRI findings should be correlated with clinical history, physical examination results, and the results of mammography, and any other prior breast imaging. Your doctor can review these pictures on a monitor, film or a CD.

Breast Biopsy

Most women who have an abnormal exam do not have breast cancer, but have a benign breast problem. A breast biopsy is a procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined.

Image-Guided Biopsy – At the Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center, if a breast imaging exam shows an area that needs to be biopsied, an image-guided needle biopsy is performed. During the image-guided biopsy, a needle is used to obtain a sample of the area in question. The incision is about a half-inch long. The tissue obtained with the needle is sent to the Pathology Lab for analysis.

Open Surgical Biopsy – An open surgical biopsy is usually done as a same-day procedure in an operating room at Miami Valley Hospital. The tissue of the area in question, as well as some adjacent tissue, is surgically removed. The incision is usually a little larger. The tissue obtained is sent to the pathology lab for analysis.

In both biopsies, the results are available to your physician usually within 72 hours.


PET/CT is a sophisticated test that allows physicians to pinpoint the location of cancer within the body. PET scans are useful for evaluating individuals after breast cancer been diagnosed. 

PET/CT is used in different ways:

  • To determine if the cancer has spread to other parts of the body
  • To assess whether metastatic breast cancer is responding to treatment

Digital Mammography

Digital mammography is the latest technology in advanced breast imaging. It is a powerful tool for accurate and early detection. Our digital mammography gives a more accurate view of dense breasts and of the breasts in the women in the peri-menopausal population.

The Digital Mammographic Imaging Screening Trial (DMIST), coordinated by the American College of Radiology Imaging Network, compared digital versus film mammography.

The findings showed:

  • Digital mammography was significantly better than film mammography in screening women who were under age 50, or women of any age who had very dense breasts.
  • Death rates from breast cancer have been declining since 1990, and these decreases are believed to be the result, in part, of earlier detection and improved treatment.

Where can I have it done?

The test can be performed at the following locations:

  • Miami Valley Hospital – Berry’s Women’s Center
  • Miami Valley Hospital South 
  • Offsite satellite location(s): Beavercreek

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Content Updated: December 5, 2014

These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center
Diagnostics and Imaging at SureCare Medical Center
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
Diagnostics and Imaging in Fairborn
Diagnostics and Imaging in Jamestown
Diagnostics and Imaging in Springboro
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