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Breast Imaging Services

Miami Valley Hospital’s breast centers offer comprehensive services focusing on the best options for breast health.

Mammography — including Genius™ 3D MAMMOGRAPHY™ — and other imaging services are offered at three locations: Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center, Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center and Miami Valley Hospital Medical Imaging – Beavercreek.

Screening Mammography 

Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionOff Site Icon. Successful treatment depends on early detection. A mammogram remains the only approved screening procedure for detecting breast cancer. Screening mammograms are for women who have no breast problems or complaints. Screening mammograms do not require a physician’s order or prescription for women age 40 and over. When to begin regular mammograms is a personal decision between you and your doctor. If you have a strong family history of breast cancer, check with your physician about being screened at an earlier age.

Scheduling your annual mammogram is easy. Simply call our central scheduling team toll-free at (855) 887-7364(855) 887-7364 or schedule using your MyChart account.  If you are under age 40 and/or have a breast problem, please talk with your doctor.

Diagnostic Mammography

A diagnostic mammogram is for women who:

  • Have a breast problem
  • Need additional images to clarify previous results
  • Need follow-up breast care

A diagnostic mammogram is problem-focused, examining abnormalities or questionable areas identified in a screening mammogram or clinical breast exam. You’ll need an order from your physician to schedule a diagnostic mammogram.  

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 to confirm coverage.

Breast Ultrasound 

At the Miami Valley Hospital Breast Centers, ultrasound may be performed along with a diagnostic mammogram for follow-up to a known problem. 

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 or similar device for examination under a microscope to evaluate signs of disease. For your convenience, all of these diagnostic services are housed in one location at both the Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center and the Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center.

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 tissueOff Site Icon
  • Evaluating breast implants for leaks or ruptures

MRI can also be used to screen certain groups of 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 images 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. 

Breast Biopsy 

Most women who have an abnormal exam do not have breast cancer, but rather 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 Miami Valley Hospital, if a breast imaging exam shows an area that needs to be biopsied, an image-guided biopsy is performed. A needle or similar device is used to obtain a sample of the area in question. Ultrasound, MRI or stereotactic guidance may be used to help your physician precisely locate the area to be biopsied. 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. The tissue of the area in question, as well as some adjacent tissue, is surgically removed. The incision is usually a little larger than for an image-guided biopsy. 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.

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These Miami Valley Hospital locations offer Diagnostics & Imaging Services.
Diagnostics and Imaging - Breast Center at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Greenville
742 Sweitzer St. Suite 3 Greenville, OH  45331
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Health Center Huber Heights
6251 Miami Valley Way Suite 140 and 215 Huber Heights, OH  45424
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital
One Wyoming St. Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital Breast Center
One Wyoming St. Suite 4120 Dayton, OH  45409
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital North
9000 N. Main St. Suite 100 Englewood, OH  45415
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at Miami Valley Hospital South Breast Center
2400 Miami Valley Dr. Suite 200 Centerville, OH  45459
Diagnostics and Imaging at SureCare Medical Center
360 W. Central Ave. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
2619 Commons Blvd. Suite 102 Beavercreek, OH  45431
Diagnostics and Imaging in Beavercreek
1244 Meadow Bridge Dr. Beavercreek, OH  45434
Diagnostics and Imaging in Jamestown
4940 Cottonville Rd. Jamestown, OH  45335
Diagnostics and Imaging in Springboro
630 N. Main St. Springboro, OH  45066
Diagnostics and Imaging on Needmore
1530 Needmore Rd. Suite 301 Dayton, OH  45414
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