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Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Getting the diagnosis right for your breast cancer is one of the most important steps in ensuring that you receive the best and most appropriate care.

At the new Stanford Women's Cancer Center, our cutting-edge digital diagnostic equipment provides our patients with the most advanced mammographic and sonographic evaluations available.

Our all-digital mammography suite features a computer-aided detection (CAD) program that analyzes each mammogram and/or sonogram using computer algorithms pioneered at Stanford. This allows for clearer images, greater accuracy and greater convenience for sharing images with other specialists. MRI, ultrasound, and mammogram readings are interpreted in an integrated fashion by a core team of specialists, allowing for the most comprehensive and accurate interpretations of your breast imaging studies.

International leaders in breast MRI, the Stanford team is one of the few places to offer MRI-directed core biopsy, which provides an additional powerful method to detect and stage breast cancer.

This state-of-the-art technology, combined with experienced, dedicated physicians, can help detect breast cancer in the early stages, giving you the greatest advantage for a positive outcome.

Diagnostic Procedures

Your physician may use a variety of techniques to find abnormal growths, determine if they are cancerous, and assess the type and aggressiveness of any breast cancer found.

It is important to remember that a lump or other changes in the breast, or an abnormal area seen on a mammogram, may be caused by cancer or, more often, by other, less serious problems.

mammogram image showing lump
mammogram image showing a cancerous lump

Diagnostic procedures may involve:

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