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Breast Imaging

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The Division of Breast Imaging has excelled in mammography and multimodality breast imaging for more than 25 years. Specialists within the division perform approximately 40,000 procedures annually, making it one of the most active breast imaging services in the country.

Jefferson-Honickman Breast Imaging Center in Center City and the Women’s Diagnostic Center at Jefferson Methodist Hospital in South Philadelphia provide comprehensive breast cancer screening and diagnostic services.

Our breast imaging radiologists and technologists are members of our multidisciplinary Jefferson Breast Care Team providing specialized care for women and men with both breast cancer and benign conditions of the breast. Our radiologists are subspecialists in breast imaging and interventions.

Services

Screening

  • Early breast cancer detection in women without breast symptoms.

Diagnostic Breast Imaging

  • Evaluation in women with breast symptoms or an abnormal screening mammogram.

Core Needle Biopsy

  • Minimally invasive tissue diagnosis of breast abnormalities.
  • Ultrasound-guided, stereotactic, MRI-guided.

Breast Cryotherapy

  • Minimally invasive ultrasound-guided freezing therapy of breast fibroadenomas in office as an alternative to open surgery. The procedure uses extreme cold to completely and safely destroy abnormal tissue under local anesthesia, with no significant discomfort or scarring. Recovery is immediate.

Examinations

Breast Tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammography or digital breast tomosynthesis

  • Advanced form of digital mammography (X-ray of the breast).
  • Used for screening.

Digital Mammography, also called full-field digital mammography (FFDM)

  • Conventional mammogram.
  • Used for screening and diagnostic imaging.
Jason Shames, the Associate Director of Research, Division of Breast Imaging, explains what it means if your recent mammorgram report states that you have dense breasts.

Breast Ultrasound

  • Diagnostic, or targeted ultrasound, is used to evaluate breast symptoms, such as a lump or a finding in a mammogram.
  • Screening ultrasound is used to supplement mammography in women with very dense breast tissue.

Breast MRI

  • Used for screening women at high risk for breast cancer based on certain factors.
  • In addition to mammography and ultrasound, also used to evaluate certain breast symptoms and to aid in evaluating the extent of known cancer.

Breast Specific Gamma Imaging (BSGI), also called molecular breast imaging or MBI

  • Nuclear medicine study of the breast.
  • BSGI can be used as a screening or diagnostic test in women who cannot have an MRI examinations.

Technologies

Contrast Enhanced Digital Mammogram

  • A mammogram that uses iodinated contrast dye. This dye makes it easier to find new blood vessels that develop when cancers grow.
  • CEDMs can evaluate any lumps in breast(s) that were found during a physical exam, as well as assist with staging breast cancer.
  • CEDMs find breast cancers that can’t be seen on regular mammograms, especially in women with dense breasts. CEDMs to be recommended by radiology or referred by physician.
Fast Screening Breast MRI
  • A 10-minute, self-pay ($300) examination that requires an injection of contrast that is given through an IV.
  • Intended for women with a higher risk for developing breast cancer, such as those with inherited conditions like BRCA1/2 genetic mutations, or other risk factors that may not be considered high-risk to require a conventional MRI.
Breast Specific Gamma Imaging
  • A specialized nuclear medicine breast imaging technique, performed only at Jefferson in the region,  that requires intravenous injection of a short-lived radioactive agent.
  • This imaging detects an additional 7-8 cancers per thousand women screened, compared to mammography alone.
  • This technology can be helpful for some women who need, but cannot tolerate, an MRI due to reasons such as kidney failure, pacemakers or claustrophobia.

Appointments & Locations

Jefferson-Honickman Breast Imaging Center
1100 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

3rd Floor — Mammography Screening
4th Floor — Diagnostic Breast Imaging, Ultrasound, and Biopsy

  • To schedule an appointment for breast imaging studies and procedures, call 215-955-5400.
  • Early morning, lunchtime, and after work appointments are available.

Women’s Diagnostic Center at Jefferson Methodist Hospital:
2301 South Broad Street, 2nd Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19148

  • To schedule an appointment for breast imaging studies and procedures, call 215-952-1234.
  • Early morning, lunchtime, after work, and Saturday appointments are available.

Breast Imaging at the Navy Yard:
3 Crescent Drive
Philadelphia, PA 19112

  • To schedule an appointment for breast imaging studies and procedures, call 215-955-5400.
  • Early morning, lunchtime, after work, and Saturday appointments are available.

Research & Education

Visit the Division of Breast Imaging at Thomas Jefferson University for more on research and education. 

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