A Closer Look at Breast Imaging

BY LEE ANN NAYLOR, MD (Radiologist, Triad Radiology Associates)


Since its beginning, the Novant Health Breast Center has been dedicated to providing the best advanced breast imaging to the women of Winston-Salem and surrounding areas. Established in 1975 as The Breast Clinic, it was one of the first privately run clinics in the nation to perform mammography and breast ultrasound and to teach breast self-examinations. Over the years, the center’s name has changed several times, but the standard of excellence in breast imaging, compassionate patient care, and commitment to women’s breast health have not changed.

The Novant Health Breast Center has been awarded the designation of Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and offers digital mammography with tomosynthesis (also known as 3-D mammography), breast ultrasound, and image guided breast procedures. The Breast Center recently added its second tomosynthesis mammography unit in order to provide this state of the art exam to a greater number of screening patients, as well as to those who are having diagnostic mammography. Multiple image guided diagnostic and interventional breast procedures are performed each day at the Breast Center, including stereotactic biopsy, ultrasound guided biopsy, cyst aspiration, and galactography. Breast MRI and MRI guided breast biopsies are performed nearby at Novant Health Imaging Maplewood, an affiliated facility.

The mobile mammography service of the Breast Center provides breast cancer screening in workplaces, churches, and clinics, and also provides breast health education to the women it serves. This and other outreach programs and philanthropic efforts demonstrate the strong commitment of the Breast Center to the community.

In addition, the Breast Center has collaborated with the Novant Health Derrick L. Davis Cancer Center to develop and implement a risk assessment program which is offered to each mammography patient. The patient’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is calculated based on family and personal history, and all women who are found to be at elevated risk are offered referral to the Novant Health Cancer Prevention and Wellness Clinic for in depth evaluation and management. This may include genetic testing, breast MRI, and risk reduction measures.

The Breast Center staff are unsung heroes to many patients. The technologists are highly trained, experienced professionals who meet strict qualifications and undergo continuing education on a regular basis. In addition they are extremely caring and compassionate individuals. They not only perform their jobs incredibly well from an imaging standpoint, but also go the extra mile in making sure that every patient receives the individual attention that is needed. Our staff treats each patient the way they would like to be treated themselves, with kindness, respect, and gentleness.

The Breast Center is very fortunate to work with the exceptional breast imaging radiologists of Triad Radiology Associates who interpret all breast imaging studies and perform image guided breast procedures. Several of these highly qualified and dedicated radiologists are on site every day and are available to consult with patients and referring providers. These expert radiologists are patient focused local physicians who are passionate about women’s breast health and are deeply committed and connected to the Piedmont Triad communities which they call home.