The Breast Health Center at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital have both been named Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence by the American College of Radiology and also been recognized by the prestigious National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) through the American College of Surgeons. This accreditation is given to centers that undergo a rigorous evaluation process, and comply with stringent NAPBC standards for treating women diagnosed with a wide variety of breast disease. A breast center that achieves NAPBC accreditation has demonstrated a firm commitment to offering its patients every significant advantage in their battle against breast disease.
Our doctors use state-of-the-art technology to image and diagnose breast health, including:
- Breast MRI and MRI-guided biopsies
- Breast ultrasound and ultrasound guided biopsies
- Diagnostic mammograms with computer-assisted diagnosis (CAD) and same-day results
- Needle localizations
- Stereotactic breast biopsies
Also known as digital breast tomosynthesis, 3D mammography is available at both Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Delnor Hospital. This screening option is recommended for women who have been identified as having dense breast tissue or who are at a higher risk for developing breast cancer. When used in conjunction with 2D digital mammography, research shows that 3D mammography can significantly improve the early detection of breast cancer in these groups of women.
Digital mammography generates computerized images of the breast instead of traditional film. This allows the technologist to review scans in real time to determine the image quality. The radiologist reading the images can manipulate, enhance and magnify areas of the breast for greater accuracy, even with dense breast tissue. The quality of digital images also means fewer repeat visits and less patient dose exposure.
Mammography services at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), and have earned 5-star ratings for patient satisfaction. The Breast Health Centers at both Central DuPage and Delnor hospitals have been designated Breast Imaging Centers of Excellence through the American College of Radiology (ACR). This status recognizes breast-imaging centers that have earned accreditation in all of the ACR's voluntary, breast-imaging accreditation programs, in addition to the mandatory Mammography Accreditation Program.
R2 Image Checker Computer Aided Detection (CAD) System
Acting as a second set of eyes for the radiologist in reviewing your mammogram, R2 Image Checker can potentially help to detect up to 20% more breast cancers at an earlier stage.
Your doctor may need to remove fluid or tissue from your breast to check for cancer cells under a microscope. You may receive local or general anesthesia for a biopsy such as:
- Fine needle aspiration biopsy – no incision is necessary
- Core needle biopsy – a needle is guided into a lump to remove a small cylinder of tissue without an incision
- Surgical biopsy/open biopsy – a surgeon removes part or all of a lump through an incision into the breast
- Sentinel node biopsy – using dye or radioactive material to determine if cancer has spread to the lymph nodes
At Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) and Delnor Hospital, your doctor has access to advanced instruments and technology to make needle and surgical biopsies less invasive and more productive.