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American College of Radiology Breast Imaging Center of Excellence

As a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence, each of our breast radiologists reads more than 3,000 breast images per year. As a result, they find early stage breast cancer at almost double the national standard.

What Sets Us Apart

Our breast imaging program at The University of Kansas Health System combines comfort, a highly trained staff and the best technology.

We take a team-oriented approach to your care. We collaborate daily with the breast surgeons, providers for high-risk patients, nurse navigation and referring providers to ensure that you have easy access to the services you need. As an academic medical center, we provide access to clinical trials for screening and treatment.

Specialized, dedicated team

The doctors who read your mammogram are dedicated, board-certified radiologists who specialize in breast disease diagnosis. The American College of Radiology mandates breast radiologists read at least 240 breast images per year. Each of our breast radiologists reads more than 3,000 breast images per year. As a result, they have a higher cancer detection accuracy rate due to their expertise and experience – they find early stage breast cancer at almost double the national standard. Normal, cancer-free results are delivered within a few days.

Mammographers are registered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Each one has completed intensive hands-on positioning training and works closely with our radiologists to ensure that you receive the most accurate mammogram possible. The American College of Radiology mandates that mammographers perform 200 breast exams every two years; our mammographers average more than 2,500 exams annually.

Our nursing team consists of experienced registered nurses and a clinical nurse specialist. Nurses work alongside physicians and technologists during procedures and individually with patients, providing education and guidance.

Breast sonographers here are registered by the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography with advanced certification in breast imaging. Like the rest of the team, the sonographers each perform a high volume of exams. It is this level of expertise and experience that ensures you receive the highest level of care.

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Timely results

Anyone who has experienced a suspicious mammogram or ultrasound knows the stress of waiting days or even weeks to hear the results or undergo additional tests. If you require further testing after a mammogram or ultrasound, we work to eliminate any anxiety you may experience. You will receive your diagnostic mammogram results the same day.

If a biopsy is recommended, you will have an opportunity to schedule an appointment and speak with a nurse to answer your questions.

After a breast biopsy, our clinical nurse specialist will work with your physician to provide your results, usually within two days. We will also connect you with a nurse navigator to plan future appointments or recommended follow-up. You can contact our clinical nurse specialists as a resource.

Advanced technology

At The University of Kansas Health System, we offer the following diagnostic imaging tools to evaluate breast tissue:

  • Mammogram – X-ray images of the breast. We use digital mammograms, which provide a clear, two-dimensional image highlighting unusual structures, such as calcifications or masses, which may need further evaluation.

  • Tomosynthesis – 3D digital imaging that uses compression and X-rays. 3D mammograms make it possible for radiologists to detect the difference between cancerous and noncancerous breast tissue, especially in patients with dense breasts. Patients are spared the false-positive readings and being called back for additional tests that can happen with 2D mammograms.

  • Ultrasound – used to determine if a suspicious area is fluid-filled or solid. If the area is solid, a biopsy can be used to rule out cancer.

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) – used when ultrasound does not definitively determine whether an abnormality found on a diagnostic mammogram is solid.

  • Whole breast screening ultrasound – this type of ultrasound helps evaluate dense breast tissue and patients at a higher risk for breast cancer in conjunction with mammography.

We offer screening breast ultrasound at our Westwood and Overland Park locations. Screening breast ultrasound is performed as a supplement to mammography, not a replacement. Studies show that screening breast ultrasound can detect breast cancer in women with dense breast tissue. If you have dense breast tissue or have questions, discuss this type of additional screening with your physician.