Every year, overwomen are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Awareness and early detection are key in the fight against this disease.
Breast cancer is a malignant tumor in or around breast tissue. It usually begins as a lump or calcium deposit that develops from abnormal cell growth. Most breast lumps are benign but can be premalignant and become cancer.
Magnetic resonance imaging MRI of the breast is primarily used as a supplemental tool to breast screening with mammography or ultrasound. A breast MRI is mainly used for women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, to help measure the size of the cancer, look for other tumors in the breast, and to check for tumors in the opposite breast. For certain women at high risk for breast cancer, a screening MRI is recommended along with a yearly mammogram.
At Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, we provide women and, though rare, men in our communities with the highest quality breast imaging services. We use advanced breast imaging procedures and technologies known to yield the most accurate clinical information, helping our doctors make timely diagnoses and better tailor screening and treatment plans. Mammography takes X-ray pictures of the breast. This specialized test lets doctors see inside the breasts and detect any abnormal areas.
For a summary article for medical students and nonradiologists, see breast cancer summary. Breast cancer is the most common nonskin malignancy in women. The difference has been attributed to risks associated with a Westernized lifestyle, including high calorie diet rich in fat and protein and physical inactivity 8.
For patients with suspicious breast lesions, image examinations including mammography, ultrasonography and MRI as well as image-guided breast biopsies are provided here. With these image examinations, prompt and accurate diagnoses are done for breast diseases, of which details are carefully explained directly to the patients by the breast radiologists at our outpatient clinic. Breast cancer is often confused with other breast diseases.
TCIA is a service which de-identifies and hosts a large archive of medical images of cancer accessible for public download. Supporting data related to the images such as patient outcomes, treatment details, genomics and expert analyses are also provided when available. Learn More.
The cTNM describes the local involvement of the breast Tregional lymph nodes N and systemic disease, i. Systemic disease or stage 4 disease is not included in the table. This results in the possible diagnoses of DCIS, localized cancer, locoregionally advanced cancer and cancer with distant metastases.